Archaeological Experiments in Ancient Maya Stone Quarries

Published: March 29, 2023

Have you ever wondered how the ancient Maya constructed their immense citadels and temple complexes? College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Anthropology Club and program are hosting a presentation with retired Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Jim Woods, to explain more about archeological experiments in Ancient Maya stone quarries on Monday, April 24.

Woods will explain the current remote sensing method using ground-penetrating light, LiDAR technology, which reveals a more massive scale of Maya architecture and landforming than ever previously known.

This presentation focuses on the ancient technology used to provide limestone blocks and stucco to construct huge buildings, extensive plazas, and miles of interconnected causeways revealed in these new maps. Experimental replication studies conducted over several archeological field seasons will be summarized and participants will be given a chance to ask questions.

Archaeological Experiments in Ancient Maya Stone Quarries

Monday, April 24
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), Room 102E

The event is open and free to the public. For those with more questions or in need of more information, please contact Nikki Gorrell at

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