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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Celebrating Archaeology Monday’s first anniversary

… and some exciting news

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Exploring the wonders of Meso-American archaeology is even better with friends. Photo: Yesica Benitez

Exactly one year ago we at Yucatán Magazine published the first in what would become a series of archaeology articles called Archaeology Monday

This first article on the ancient site of Dzibilchaltún made a big impact on our readers, who promptly began to ask for more.

Dzibilchaltún’s house of the Seven Dolls, just 30 minutes from downtown Mérida. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

As time went on, the articles started to become longer and more in-depth — covering archaeological sites large and small across Yucatán, southeastern Mexico, and Central America. 

Though articles covering well-known sites like Chichén Itzá and Uxmal got plenty of attention, it’s been gratifying to see lesser-known and further-flung sites like Comalcalco get plenty of love.

The Comalcalco post, “Comalcalco, the oddball of the Maya world,” is oddly enough the most successful post in the Archaeology Mondays series so far — something we certainly did not expect. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Although most content on Archaeology Monday has focused on Maya archaeological sites, we have also explored several non-Maya sites, such as the famed city of Teotihuacán and Cacaxtla — a trend which we will be continuing. 

Yucatán Magazine is now excited to announce tours and trips to some of Mexico’s most impressive archaeological sites — led by yours truly. 

It had been our hope to schedule the first of these trips to either Southern Campeche‘s Calakmul Biosphere or the Usumacinta region in Chiapas this Feb, but given the rise in COVID-19 infections, this does not seem likely.

Musicians perform using rattling instruments on the south wall of room 1 in Bonampak. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Nevertheless, we will keep you all posted regarding scheduling and destinations.

On a personal note, it has been tremendously satisfying to share my love of Meso-American archaeology with Yucatán Magazine’s readers, and hope to continue to have the opportunity to do so long into the future. 

Keep exploring and stay posted!

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