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Working with Lisa J. Lucero, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chip Petersen has been part of diving expeditions in 200-ft. cenotes in Cara Blanca, in central Belize, since 2011. He has identified and brought to the surface several examples of Mayan pottery, nearly 1,200 years old. Lucero works under a permit issued by the Belize Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History to study ancient Maya underwater offerings. Her special interest is the period A.D. 800 to 900, when increasing evidence shows that multiyear droughts struck the area. Exploring the pools helps scientists learn more about Mayan civilization and is making an important contribution to our understanding of global climate change. Check out Marty O’Farrell’s video of the excavation of pottery sherds.
To read more about the 2012 Expedition to Cara Blanca, see The New York Times, Science Section.