MayaQuest Archaeology Survey (fwd)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Mon, 29 Jan 1996 10:07:03 -0500

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Date: Mon, 29 Jan 1996 08:03:13 -0600
From: Steve Buettner <>
To: "Hugh W. Jarvis" <hjarvis@acsu.Buffalo.EDU>
> Please consider taking a moment to answer these three questions.
> Last year I led the MayaQuest expedition which set out to illuminate the
> Classic Maya Collapse. Here's how it worked: A team of explorers traveled
> to Mexico and Central America equipped with state-of-the-art laptop
> and satellite dishes. Each week the team posted a ballot to the Internet
> that let an on-line ballot vote on the team's route, sending them to one of
> 19 active Maya sites. At each site, an on-line audience interacted with
> on-site experts and took a crack at answering questions relevant to
> MayaQuest '96 launches in March. Again, we will be shooting weekly
> for CNN; Our World Wide Web site ( will
> receive over a million hits. (It will offer team updates, background on
> Maya, expedition photographs, teacher guides and direct connection to
> Mayanists. Last year, the site received 1.2 million hits. Access is
> We did not come up with any earth-shattering breakthroughs on the collapse
> last year but we did create a successful distance learning program that
> National Public Radio called the best in the country. Through the 14 CNN
> broadcasts that we produced, articles in USA Today, The Christian Science
> Monitor and Newsweek, and a forthcoming Prime Time Live segment, we
> a pretty powerful vehicle to communicate issues.
> As we prepare for MayaQuest `96, we would like your input:
> 1. What central message(s) would best serve the archaeological community
> the interests of the contemporary Maya?
> 2. On which sites in Mexico, Belize or Guatemala--either contemporary or
> ancient--should we focus attention
> 3. Would you consider answering students' questions regarding your work
> the Maya by serving as an online expert during one week between March and
> April? Past examples are archived at
> gopher://
> Thank You!