Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

Best of the Maya Part VI: What Happened?

What Went Wrong? The 64,000 cocoa question (for a time the Maya used chocolate as currency!) is what went wrong? What caused this highly developed, safisticated and scientific culture to collapse? Scholars have proposed various theories all of which cluster around themes strikingly familiar to contempary times; overpopulation, war, overtaxing of the environment, drought. Its […]

Copán: Best of the Maya Part II

Copán: Best of the Maya Part II

  Michael Angelo’s ancient Mayan cousin must have lived here. Seriously. Copán, which lies in the northwestern part of Honduras not far from Guatemala, is covered with spectacularly carved stele and sculptures. History written in stone. You can see Mayan carvings at other sites, but nothing compares to those at Copán. Copán was occupied for over […]

Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

Pittock Mansion – A Piece of Portland’s History

I arrive at the side door of the Pittock Mansion, a historic French Chateau in Portland’s West Hills and knock on the door.  Even though this house-turned-museum is currently closed, I am allowed in, which makes me feel special.  Once in the door, I take in the grandeur of the surroundings, the gleaming white marble, the […]