Harrison from James Dixon Primary School

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When you came to visit you said that a howler monkey makes a loud sound. Do you know why and how it makes that sound? Also,  Iloved the presentation and the facts were great and I learned a lot of things. Thanks. Thank you Harrison, I am glad you learned a lot! The howler monkey […]

Warren from Leys Farm Junior School

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What inspired you to go to a place to find ancient remains and to discover pots and paintings, just to get bit by bugs and be ill? It is all worth it, to spread the word about how amazing the Maya are and to teach children such as yourself about them.

Kieran from Leys Farm Junior School

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Why did you start learning about the Maya civilisation? I was going to study South America, for example the Inca, but I visited Palenque a Maya site in Mexico (where King Pakal was buried) and I was just fascinated with the pyramids, the writing, the art –  all in the middle of a rainforest! I decided […]

Emily from Leys Farm Junior School

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What is the longest time you have been away from home? Well, I spent 10 years away from home, living in America studying the Maya. I also spent two years in Guatemala working in the rainforest and in the lab, so quite a long time! This was all before Rufus, my lovely dog, though.

Faizat from Rotherhithe Primary Schol

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How did the Ancient Maya get their name? When the Spanish first arrived in the Maya area, they asked a Maya person what they were called. The Spanish couldn’t understand their reply, but heard the word Maya, so thought that they were saying that they are Maya and this is why the name has stuck. […]

Who owns the Past?

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“Because men really respect only that which was founded of old and has developed slowly, he who wants to live on after his death must take care not only of his posterity but even more of his past: which is why tyrants of every kind (including tyrannical artists and politicians) like to do violence to […]

Alejandro from James Dixon Primary School

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You said jade was the second hardest stone in the world. You also said they had no metal tools because they were a stone age people, so how were they able to carve jade into daggers and jewellery?  By the way, I loved the presentation and the workshop with the amazing replicas of the beautiful artefacts! […]

Olivia from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

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You came to my school last week, it was such fun, thank you for coming! Hi Olivia, you are welcome, it was a pleasure meeting you all 🙂 What is your favourite thing about the Maya and your adventures? Definitely the rainforest, I LOVE being in the rainforest. What is your favourite animal you have […]

Amy from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

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How does it feel to be an archaeologist? Would you recommend it? I LOVE being an archaeologist and can not think of anything better or more fun to be. However, it is not for everyone and it involves lots of study and working in harsh environments. If you the desire to be one though, you […]

Alan from Birkdale Primary School

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What’s the best artefact you have found? I think one of the first artefacts I found – a beautiful polished red bowl that was over 2300 years old! To think I was the first person to touch this, the first person after a Maya left it. 😉

Lily from Mayhill Junior

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Hi, Dr Diane, it’s Lily again!   I sent u other questions before.    This time it is not a question though;   I wanted 2 say thank you for coming to our school and showing us all those amazingly awesome Maya artefacts, and for answering not just mine, but everybody’s questions. I mean I know […]

Lily from Mayhill Junior School

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Did the Maya keep any pets? They had dogs, and as we know they make great pets 🙂 Did you or do you study any other histories? Yes, as part of becoming a Doctor, I had to study all the other histories of the world. Did the Maya sell things and have a money system? […]