Equal Area and the Institute of Maya Studies

Image of Pokey at Ek' Balam

Even though Mexico had been our very first stop, we remain encantado by the Maya culture. This fascination had prompted Rachel to sign up as a member of the Institute of Maya Studies, an affiliate of the Miami Science Museum. Not long after joining the IMS, Rachel was contacted by Jim Reed, their newsletter editor and hardcore Maya enthusiast. After showering us with unsolicited compliments on our blog and our adventures, he politely asked to republish our Loltún cave article in the IMS Explorer. Jim loved the pictures and appreciated that I did some homework before scribbling down my memories. We happily acceded to his request. After a couple of rounds of editing, we were published in the June 2013 issue (dated by the Maya Ceremonial Era Long Count) and our article was titled: “Around the World in 80 Gigs: Loltún Cave”.

I’ve been given permission to pass along the June issue PDF to anyone who requests it. Feel free to shoot me an email and we’ll hook you up! The IMS is an organization that focuses on public education and has been operating for over 40 years. It’s truly flattering to have our experiences placed alongside news like “Important Discoveries by Belizean Archaeologists at the Maya Site of Santa Rita” and “New Clues in the Search to Rediscover the Mysterious Maya Blue Formula”. I feel a bit like an accidental Indiana Jones. Next time, I’m bringing a bullwhip.

If you are in the South Florida area, the IMS offers two public programs a month at the Miami Science Museum. Check out their website at: www.instituteofmayastudies.org