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“Today is a day when we are intentionally pooling all of our positive energy so that tomorrow can be different, can be a more dignified and free life than what has been forced upon us … “
By Rane Cortéz, Chief of Party, Mexico REDD+ Program, The Nature Conservancy “You said this was only nine kilometers?” I asked our guide as we emerged from the steamy Mayan jungle into the late afternoon sun. “Nine kilometers through the forest. Now we just have to ride back to the village—but it’s on the road,…
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they survive moose and cold temperatures to win the Yukon Quest, live in the wilderness for 8 months with moth-eating bears, photograph bees, learn about Mayan achievements, investigate China’s tiger farms, understand Nicaragua’s sugarcane worker health crisis, study the sunset’s colors, myth-bust “clean coal”.
A young Mexican photographer, Gema Ramon, captures the last of the Lacandon society as they are threatened by modern culture and their inevitable transformation.
Under the town of La Florida in Guatemala, an ancient Mayan city sleeps—explored but never before excavated. Untold historical treasures could still lurk under the feet of modern-day inhabitants.
After a week of archaeological site visits and presentations, lessons arise from stories of the past to help shape the world of the future.
Learn more about beautiful artifacts from a newly discovered very early Egyptian tomb.
We can find reflections of ourselves in ancient cultures if we know how to look. Explore top archaeologists’ latest ideas from the 2014 Dialogue of Civilizations, and share your thoughts as well.
What can the ancient world teach us about today’s world? Join the conversation with archaeologists and other experts gathered in Turkey this week.
Before exploring the sacred, water-filled cenote, Sac Uayum, it was necessary to ask permission of not just local residents but the Maya gods and the cenote itself. The ceremony known as a Jeets’ Lu’um (calming of the earth) involved a series of prayers accompanied by offerings of candles and various ritual foods. Now video of the ritual is available.
In the summer of 2013, The Mayapán Taboo Cenote Project, with support from The Waitt Foundation for Exploration and The National Geographic Society began an exploration of the still sacred cenote (sinkhole) Sac Uayum at the ancient Maya city of Mayapán. The work documented more than a dozen burials submerged below its water. Now for the first time, you can swim along with research diver Rait Kütt as he examines remains found in the 2nd chamber of what turned out to be an unexpected submerged cave system.
One of my favorite shots from this season’s fieldwork: a Yucatec Maya woman sells flowers in the local market in Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico.
The team has located 15 human crania and a large number of other bones, attesting to the use of the site as a burial location.
From “demon” ants to satanic geckos—see some of nature’s most devilish-looking creatures.
Join us this week, as we explore the labyrinth of underwater caves deep under Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for clues of its Mayan past, cycle solo through Central Asian mountain passes to climb remote peaks, and debunk American historical myths from the Wild West to the Surfin’ Safari.