“Exploring caves is very demanding. The ancient Maya liked to make it hard; they searched for extremely distant places. So we know the harder it is to get there, the better our findings may be.”
Guillermo de Anda is an underwater archaeologist, researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), and explorer of National Geographic. He is also a member of the Aspen Institute Mexico, an active member of the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics, a doctorate in Mesoamerican Studies and a diving instructor with more than fifteen specialties, focused on the study of mortuary and funeral rituals in caves and cenotes. Worked for more than thirty years).
De Anda is an explorer for National Geographic, Member of the Aspen Institute Mexico and an active partner of the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics.
He has developed and directed several underwater archeology projects in the Yucatan Peninsula, highlighting El Culto al Cenote (The Cult to the Cenote) and the Análisis Ósteo Tafonómico del Cenote Sagrado de Chichen Itzá (The Taphonomical Bone Analysis of the Human Bones of the Sacred Cenote of Chichen Itzá), with which he was awarded the honorific mention of Physical Anthropology of the Prize “Javier Romero Molina”.
He also incorporated and ran the first Underwater Archeology Workshop of Mexico. Besides, he has been a speaker in over 50 congresses and invited as a speaker in the US, Europe, and Latin America. He has also published several articles and two books.
He actually works at the National Archeology Coordination as the Special Underwater Archeology Projects and is the director of The Great Mayan Aquifer, a project involving multiple disciplines of underground exploration in the Yucatan peninsula, with which he seeks to understand the relation between human beings, the aquifer and the environment.
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