In this video taken at Caracol by my friend Julie Schwietert Collazo, prominent Belize archaeologist Jaime Awe explains the fundamentals of Maya Architecture and what makes it distinct and impressive. He draws examples from other countries such as Canada and the US, and how architecture is used to make visual statements that demonstrate national identity, ideology and cultural symbols.
I find this particular recording intriguing because Dr. Jaime Awe has a way of making complex information simple. In university I took courses such as Cultural Anthropology and Mesoamerican Civilization with him and I clearly remember how my interest peaked at each of his classes. He’s just an all around cool guy. One of those guys that all men want to be like and all women have crushes on – I’m not kidding.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maya, check out my article on the most fascinating facts about the ancient Maya. I hope you enjoyed the video recording.