Foundation News 2020

In 2013 and 2014 The Copan Maya Foundation provided partner funding to edit and publish the student workbook La Cultura Maya en Copan used for Proyecto Maya began  in the Copan valley in 2003.  The new workbooks were distributed to educational centers and schools throughout the Copan Valley.

In order to help Honduran and international scholars collaborate on Copan research; Copan Maya Foundation continues to seek funding for the construction of a Mesoamerican library. This facility will serve as a tremendous resource to the many scholars who work toward understanding our ancient Maya past.

CMF has hosted training seminars to educate the guides at the ancient ruins site of Copan. These seminars have included descendants of the ancient Maya; the modern Ch’orti’ as attendants. Every participant has benefited from this continuing education.

The Expansion of Casa Kínich Maya Learning Centre was completed in the first quarter of 2008. Casa Kínich is located in its permanent location in Fuerte Cabañas, a rescued and renovated building that overlooks the ancient ruins and the modern village of Copan.  The location opens up a new area of Copan to visitors from all over the world.  Eleven additional exhibits were added to Casa K’inich in 2010.  The Casa Kínich teacher’s handbook was updated and published in 2018.  This guide aids in the teaching of children visiting from around Honduras and the world.  The Museum at present is closed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Archaeological samples from excavations in Oropendola were given laboratory analysis and results were published. Samples and a study of Rosalila´s paint composition were also analyzed. Visiting students from universities in the United States have analyzed and are exploring geotourism and astro-archaeology, new and exciting fields of discovery in the Maya world.

At the close of 2007, Copan Maya Foundation facilitated the ongoing investigation and consolidation of Temple 16 (Rosalila and Oropendola). Also during 2007, two publications were released , the first a new book by Ricardo Agurcia F., with beautiful photography by David Beyl. Copan, Kingdom of the SunThe second publication was a re-write of the official guidebook for the ancient Ruins of Copan ¨A History Carved in Stone¨. This handbook has been completely re-written by authors Ricardo Agurcia F. and William Fash.

Copan Maya Foundation in tandem with The Copan Association facilitated in the logistics of the III International Congress at Copan ¨The Art of Power in the Mundo Maya¨. In June 2007, Copan was again asked to host this highly successful international event as it did in 2001 when the II International Congress at Copan ¨Science, Art and Religion in the Mundo Maya.¨ was presented. At the III Congress, twenty speakers from all over the world were hosted in he village in addition to the 500 attendees.

In 2006, CMF collaborated in the refurbishing of the Sculpture Museum, which was originally constructed in 1996. The Sculpture Museum houses many of the most important sculptures in the Copan Valley. Because of deterioration in the building´s construction, it had to be repaired. It was reopened in 2007.

Winding through the Copan Valley, nature trails were built that have incorporated outlying, rarely visited Maya stelae, (carved stone monuments). Makers were added with commentaries from leading biologists referencing unique regional plants, mammals, butterflies and birds. In 2005 Copan Maya Foundation funded initial plans for maps, signs, and guidebooks.

In 2005, CMF began reforestation projects through the local elementary schools in Copan. Seedlings were distributed and planted throughout the valley.

From 2001 until 2004, CMF raised funds for the many lecture series that were being held throughout the world to update and inform the general public about the gentle and fragile balance between the environment and the population.