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A group of participants in Education in Our Barrios' last summer institute,  when they visited immigrant rights' organization JUNTOS as part of their South Philadelphia community learning walk. Photo courtesy of Edwin Mayorga. 

Swarthmore professor Edwin Mayorga is leading an innovative method of researching and learning along with local undergraduate students and high schoolers from neighborhoods in North and South Philadelphia.

In Search of the Maya World: From Central America to Philadelphia

 06/27/2017 - 14:26
Gallery of archaeological pieces of Mayan culture exhibited at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Supplied UPEnn

One of the most intriguing mysteries of Latin American culture is what happened to the Maya civilization. How come after over 3,000 years of history, from about 2, 500 BC to 950 AD, most of the glorious Maya centers in Mesoamerica were abandoned? Before the arrival of the Europeans in the 1500’s magnificent cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras had all but disappeared; left uninhabited, they were covered by thick jungle growth, hidden throughout the mountains and the lowlands.