So, this is an experiment. I’m not a blogger by any means and I’m not even sure where to begin. My name is Bonnie Smith and I am the Program Coordinator for the Draper Natural History Museum. The Draper Natural History Museum deals primarily with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and her animals, not so much the archaeology or cultural anthropology. So here is where the experiment begins. I leave this Friday, January 31, 2014, on a new adventure. I’m heading south of the border—way south into Central America. I figured I might as well take you all with me, figuratively of course. I’m going to try to post daily on the amazing sights, flora, and fauna of this trip. I’ve been assured that there is internet everywhere we will be staying. That’s better service than I get in Cody!
I fly into Belize City Saturday, February 1 into Philip S.W. Goldson airport. What I wasn’t aware of is that Belize City is a beach community. For some unknown reason I thought it was inland.
As you may or may not know, Belize was occupied by the Mayan culture. They occupied the area since 400 B.C.E. For some unknown reason, the area was abandoned around 700 C.E. and the inhabitants went north. The story of the Maya is one of a culture that is rich in history as well as monumental art, a style that is unique to the region.
I suppose I should give you a general idea of the places we’ll be travelling during this “adventure” and some of the things we might see. We will be visiting the archaeological sites of Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Actun Tunichil Muncal Cave, as well as Tikal in Guatemala. But this trip is not all about the archaeology. We might find the time to fit in some cave tubing at Barton Creek Cave or maybe take a tour up in the Mountain Pine Ridge. There might even be some snorkeling. Some of the things we will see will be amazing architecture, unique animals, and wonderfully interesting people.
If Tikal sounds familiar, it should. The archaeological complex at Tikal was featured in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. Tikal was the film location for Yavin 4. Do you recognize the view? See you soon!