Foundation News

PORTADA LIBRO PROYECTO MAYA editedDuring 2013 the Copan Maya Foundation provided partner funding to edit and publish the student workbook La Cultura Maya en Copan used for Proyecto Maya which was started in the Copan valley ten years ago.  The new workbook was published and 300 copies were distributed to educational centers and schools throughout the Copan Valley.  In 2014 Copan Maya Foundation has provided funding to continue Proyecto Maya and 800 more workbooks were printed and are currently being used in the schools with courses being taught by a teacher’s aide.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 been hosting training seminars to educate the guides at the ancient ruins site of Copan. These seminars have included among others, the descendants of the ancient Maya; the modern Ch’orti’ as attendants. Every participant has benefited from this continuing education. These training seminars provide a vehicle for scholars to offer their knowledge to the public through the “mouthpiece” of local guides.

The Expansion of Casa Kínich Maya Learning Centre was completed in the first quarter of 2008. The new centre has tripled in size.   Casa Kínich is now 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 originally released in 2005.  This guide aids in the teaching of children visiting from around Honduras and the world. At present the manual is available in a PDF version and may be downloaded  in Spanish or English.  The manual is being edited and the new edition will include the addition of eleven new exhibits in the Museum.

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 be 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. For five days Copan was once again the epicentre of activity solely focusing on Maya Culture. Events included an Ancient Ritual Ballgame, a Gastronomic Festival with over twenty dishes known to the ancient habitants of this valley and a concert on the last evening given by modern Honduran Musical artists. Research grants were provided to tour guides of the Maya Ruins as well as to scholars from the Chorti Maya to attend this international event at no cost. This ensured that economically challenged participants were able to attend.

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). Also added were markers with commentaries from leading biologists referencing unique regional plants, mammals, butterflies and birds. In 2005 Copan Maya Foundation also funded initial plans for maps, signs, and guidebooks. A need for funds for the implementation and training for local guides continues.

In 2005, CMF began reforestation projects through the local elementary schools in Copan. Seedlings were distributed and planted throughout the valley. This was the first year that the Casa Kínich Teacher´s Guidebooks were printed through funding by CMF.

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.