The Maya World Of Copán

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Copán: A mysterious piece of the Maya jigsaw puzzle Then: Although the Copán Valley is thought to have been inhabited since 2000BC, little is known of its society and rulers during that period.…

The Maya World Of Tikal

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Tikal: A centre for political and economical power Then: It’s thought that this site, originally named Yax Mutal, was one of the largest cities of the ancient Maya. Construction of Tikal’s temple complexes and…

The Maya World Of Xunantunich

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Xunantunich: A tumultuous battle for Maya supremacy Then: No one knows what the Maya called this city, as the name Xunantunich meaning Stone Maiden was given in 1925 by British explorer Thomas Gann…

The Maya World Of Cahal Pech

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. While long abandoned, the Maya’s ancient cities are arguably just as important today as they were at the peak of the civilisation. They provide jobs for local people, encourage visitors to more remote…

Glow: Canberra’s Enlighten Festival

Once a year Canberra lights up. The facades of its famous buildings take on an other-worldly quality as specialist lighting engineers create visual displays that move to music. From the National Library to Australia’s Parliament House – nothing escapes the magic that these teams can create. I originally wrote about this festival back in 2014  but…