Big Find


One Idaho State University archeologist is making waves on the international level.

The January issue of Archeology magazine named recent work led by Dr. Richard Hansen as one of the top 10 discoveries of 2009. The discovery in question is a sculptural panel depicting the Mayan creation story, the Popol Vul. The find, made in the ancient city of El Mirador in Guatemala. The carved relief is the one of the oldest examples of the story, which shows the mythical brothers Hunaphu and Xbalanque swimming to the underworld to reclaim their father’s head.

Hansen has been working in the area since the 1970s, and has even established the nonprofit Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies, based in Rupert.

Hansen’s team was only able to uncover part of the panel last year, but hopes to clear the rest in the next field season.
Check out more about Hansen’s work courtesy of the Idaho State University Magazine.