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Join Dr. Takeshi Inomata for a free, public lecture on the origins of Maya civilization!
The application of new technologies, including high-precision radiocarbon dating and airborne laser mapping, is providing exciting data on the origins of Maya civilization. Our research at Ceibal, Guatemala, revealed a formal ceremonial complex built at the onset of this community around 1000 BC, before the Olmec capital of La Venta, Mexico, became a dominant political power. Multiple ceremonial buildings in similar configurations were also found in our new project in southern Mexico. The emergence of Maya civilization was stimulated, not by direct influence from Olmec civilization, but by more complex interactions with various regions.