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This community is meant to be a place where professionals, students, and the interested public can discuss ideas and news relevant to the study of Mesoamerican art and writing. To start things off, I figured I'd share some big news that came out of Holmul this summer:

http://decipherment.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/news-discovery-of-an-inscribed-temple-facade-at-holmul-guatemala/

The article links to David Stuart's blog, which discusses the find. 
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Reason people like me should visit Peru #437: Just had an excellent shot of some coffee from the Quillabamba region at a little shop in Ollantaytambo. Did I mention there was original Inka masonry behind the bar?
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Everything is awesome here, September it is! Congrats again hope your extended honeymoon is great!
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A little more in keeping with my career path...
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with your wrist adornments, you appear lashed to the railing... definitely in line with a dream of being a career outlaw.
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I had been thinking of doing a project like this for a long time--so I'm excited and maybe just a tad jealous...

Also, glad to see the likes of Pico Iyer and Erik Cohen involved.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1849872099/gringo-trails-a-documentary?ref=live
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There is room aplenty in this world for Lucky Auld-Thomas Travel Productions....
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A newly-opened roaster/cafe in Antigua Guatemala called Cafe Estudio, part of a new generation of Latin American coffee houses that will hold their own against any U.S espresso bar and where the intricacies of origin and varietal seem absolutely intuitive. Just had a tasting flight of local Pacamara and Geisha from Acatenango--the latter tastes like Irish Breakfast tea, and makes me think that Guatemalan Geishas might just be poised to take over the world.
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Do they do a lot of toll roasting for the community?
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Awesome stuff happening at Xultun. Along with the artisan's compound at Aguateca, this is the only solid "dirt" archaeology yet turned up on Maya scribes of the Classic Period. Can't wait to see how this develops.
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I'm going to be abusing this feature on my new camera. Am I behind the times? Perhaps. But excitement is timeless.
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You're in luck -- panoramas will never go out of style.
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Un lugar fabuloso! Buen servicio, excelente cafe y espresso (ofrecen aeropress!), y un ambiente muy moderno, bonito, y tranquilo. One of the best coffee shops in South America, at least that I've found. Excellent single-origin coffees from all over the country, served by knowledgeable and friendly staff in a beautiful and comfortably "mod" environment. For coffee-heads: they have a Strada. I can't even imagine how expensive it is to import a machine like that to Peru. The desserts are good too.
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I really dig this place. My wife and I discovered it immediately upon "re-entry" from several months in Latin America, and it eased the transition immensely. Solid Central American pupusas, actual Mora juice, great lunch platters. I've not had anything I wasn't wild about. The wait staff is always friendly and helpful if you have questions.
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Houndstooth is consistently excellent. As someone who has worked in coffee--roasting and retail-- for quite a while, I can say that I've never had a drink that was made improperly or without care and respect for customer and product. The staff all know me (and many others) by name, and obviously love what they do. They are always friendly and patiently explain their menu and methods for those un-acquainted with specialty coffee.
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