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Stone temples emerging above the rainforest cover and complex hieroglyphs carved onto stone monuments provide silent testimony to the excessive tradition of the Maya ancestors of the indigenous peoples of imperative the US. they've got encouraged generations of archaeologists, specialist and avocational, to take to the sector looking for the past.

One such archaeologist is Heather McKillop, who in 1979 first visited the coast of Belize looking for a little-known element of historic Maya existence: the ocean exchange that helped movement salt, obsidian, coral, and different items round the inside of the empire. In 1982, she begun bringing volunteers and scholars to the islands off the coast of Port Honduras, Belize. due to the fact that then she has lower back again and again to excavate websites that demonstrate the scope and variety of the exchange that glided by water in the course of the Maya world.

during this ebook, McKillop tells the tale of the hunt for the Maya sea investors, in addition to the tale of the investors themselves because it emerges from the excavations. looking for Maya Sea investors describes the buying and selling port of untamed Cane Cay, the place unique obsidian, jade, gold, and different goods—including hugely crafted pots—were traded from far away lands. McKillop additionally tells us in regards to the extra coastal-inland alternate of salt, seafood, and different marine resources.

during the tale of her personal paintings and that of her scholars and volunteers, McKillop types either the study layout and the sphere paintings which are required to interpret the civilizations of the earlier. She comprises the journey of discovery, the demanding situations of operating in wild environments (from snakes and emerging sea degrees to falling coconuts) and the tedium of day-by-day measured digs in a near-tropical environment. via her reports, the reader additionally will get to grasp a number of the neighborhood citizens of Port Honduras and Wild Cane Cay, descendants of the traditional Maya.

looking for Maya Sea investors will attract that a part of every one folks that longs to discover foreign places and cultures, seeking a seldom-glimpsed past.

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