The Maya would have had to obtain mercury from far locations, transporting it by foot hundreds of kilometres across present-day Central America.
A proposed new train in Mexico would connect the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula, easier to reach from Cancun.
REUTERS/Mauricio Marat/National Institute of Anthropology and History
An ambitious new train would link resorts like Cancun to inland ancient ruins and colonial towns. That means laying rail across 932 miles of dense jungle, pristine beach and indigenous villages.
How did military conflict fit into the end of a mighty civilization?
AP Photo/Moises Castillo
Grisly war trophies made from the heads of vanquished enemies certainly grab attention. But archaeologists are more interested in what they may tell about a tumultuous time of shifting political power.
Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche, Mexico, Early Classic period, c. 250-600 AD.
Many people think climate change caused Classic Maya civilization to collapse abruptly around 900 A.D. An archaeologist says that view is too simplistic and misses the bigger point.
The remains of an Ixil man emerge from the ground, one of the countless victims of the civil war in Guatemala.
Tristan Brand/FAFG Fundacion de Antropologia Forense de Guatemala
The Ixil people of Guatemala dream of the places where their dead, massacred during the country’s armed conflict might be located.
Remembering victims of genocide in Guatemala City.
Decades after the end of a civil war that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, the survivors’ search for justice goes on.
The First Salmon ceremony being performed.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Indigenous people from around the world revere certain traditional foods as sacred. Activists, scholars and chefs are revitalizing these food systems.