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 Underworld Of ATM Cave

The borders that encircle the countries we recognise today as Belize, Guatemala and Honduras mean little in the story of the Maya. Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave: Sacrificial ritual at the heart of an impending crisis Then: In Maya belief, ancient ritual sacrifices played an important part in appeasing the gods so that humans could continue to…

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…

Discovering London’s Street Art Scene

I’ve always thought that London is best described in black and white, or at the very most, shades of grey. The monotonous grey of a sultry winter sky; The obtrusive dark pouter of satellite dishes strewn across rooftops like ugly, mismatching ornaments; The mottled brownish-grey of 1960s cladding adorning pallid concrete buildings and the quilted…