Speaker William Saturno, ArchaeologistFor more than a decade, archaeologist William Saturno has searched for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya, carrying out excavations in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. During this time he's made some very important Maya discoveries, including the spectacular murals of San Bartolo, and in the sprawling complex of Xultun a house whose walls are covered with glyphs that appear to represent calculations of the various cycles of the Maya calendar. A report on this illuminating new discovery appeared in the June 2012 issue of National Geographic. Join Saturno for a lively overview of archaeology's two-century-long quest for answers about this enigmatic Mesoamerican people, illustrated with colorful imagery and irresistible tales of royal intrigue, backstabbing, and war. The sparks will fly as William Saturno brings to life the events that determined the fate of kingdoms, and how they affect us today.Find out more about the NG Live! Event: In Search of the Ancient Maya.


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