Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
About Us
In The News
From time to time, MEC makes the news. Staff and associate papers and articles may be published or reprinted. Or, perhaps a television station has taken in interest. Whatever the case, you can find updated MEC news information here.
Living Maya In April 2008 the Austin Chronicle published a story on the state of Maya studies in Austin, Texas. The article's focus was the legacy of Dr. Linda Schele and the success of the annual Texas Maya Meetings which she started over 20 years ago. Dr. David Stuart, who inherited Schele's position at the University of Texas, and MEC's Director Dr. Ed Barnhart were interviewed for the piece. The article is available online at the Austin Chronicle's website: Read the article.
Junglecasts: In March 2005, Nicco Mele went to Chiapas, Mexico with Dave Pentecost to explore the region, and spend some time with archaeologists working on discovering more about the Maya culture. Their first JungleCast (a Podcast from the Jungle!), and the subsequent JungleCasts are available on EchoRadio.
Explore Mexico with a fellow Austinite: MEC Director, Dr. Ed Barnhart and his family featured on News 8 Austin ... Read the article
Exploration of an Ancient Maya City: First printed in Mundo Maya this article chronicles Dr. Barnharts exploration of Palenque... Read the article
Palenque - City of Faith: From Coastal Survey Magazine an article about Palenque's general history with interviews from Dr. Barnhart, Christopher Powell and other friends and associates of MEC. Read the article
Archaeology at Copan, Honduras: Twelve Seasons of Excavations Completed Research and Conservation Continue. University of Pennsylvania press realease ... Read the article
Celebrants of Winter Solstice Foresee the End of Time: Originally printed in the New York Times, reprinted here in the Salt Lake City Tribune ... Read the article
Prize Palenque Finds: Archaeology Magazine ... Read the article

Mission Statement
Maya Exploration Center (MEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of ancient Maya civilization.

MEC does this through: 1) travel courses, lecture series, and education programs teaching students, educators, and the general public about the ancient Maya, 2) the survey and mapping of ruins hidden in the jungles of Mexico and Central America 3) the study of ancient Maya science and 4) the exploration and documentation of Maya architecture.
Suggested reading books can be bought at JungleCasts with Dr. Barnhart