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La Ruta Maya Foundation held a series of conferences as part of the exhibition MAYA WATER WORLD at the Training Center of the Spanish Cooperation in Antigua Guatemala, last October 30, 2015.

The event hosted a variety of speakers, among which were archaeologists, biologists, art historians, and speleologists who highlighted various issues on the iconography and symbolism of water; the symbolism of caves and the aquatic underworld; Pre/Columbian Mayan archaeology; and environmental conservation issues on aquatic and coastal-marine ecosystems.

Speakers included Nicholas Hellmuth of FLAAR Mesoamerica; Juan Manuel Perez and Paulina Garzaro of the Association of Marine Biology (ABIMA); Horacio Martinez, of the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) and on behalf of the Cancuén Archaeological Project; Claudio Gonzalez and Ana Giró of the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MARFUND); Julio Cotom USAC and the Northern Petén-Naachtún Archaeological Project; Jenny Guerra of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; José Octavio Cajas Castillo of the Guatemalan Association of Mammalogy; and Cave and Subaquatic Archaeologist Guillermo de Anda, National Geographic Explorer (UNAM, Yucatan, Mexico).

La Ruta Maya Foundation makes great efforts to organize exhibitions, conferences, and activities in order to bring our cultural and natural heritage closer to the public. The Foundation deeply appreciates the time and efforts of the scholars who participate as speakers for their spirit of service and their desire to disseminate their research and projects.