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2017

Anabel Ford & master Maya Forest Gardener in the Maya Forest
Friday, February 24, 2017
Trudging through the dense tropical forest of El Pilar, an ancient Maya city located on the Belize-Guatemala border, Dr. Anabel Ford was set on one task and one task only: finding water. Ford, who is recognized as the archaeologist who rediscovered El...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
January 30, 2017. Nepris, www.nepris.com, a resource that connects classrooms to professionals, invited Dr. Anabel Ford to speak to a middle school class from Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ford was able to communicate directly with the group of middle school...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Monthly lecture meetings feature noted archaeologists and anthropologists who provide insight into a variety of topics. Lecture meetings are held at the Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room, 15500 Sand Canyon Avenue (between the I-5 and I-405) in...
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2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016
On Thursday at 12:50 in the Haag Recital Hall noted anthropological archaeologist Anabel Ford of UCSB will give a presentation of her thoughts on the topic on the collapse of Lowland Maya Civilization 1200 years ago. She will challenge current...
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Anabel Ford: 2000 Associate Laureate, Cultural Heritage Archaeologist and anthropologist Anabel Ford has spent four decades studying the Maya civilization, principally at the vast and ancient city of El Pilar, which she discovered on the border of today...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Experiment.com is a website dedicated to helping fund the next wave of scientific research.  Bill Gates has endorsed the site saying, “This solution helps close the gap for potential and promising, but unfunded projects.” The platform is...
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Monday, October 3, 2016
From the Late Pleistocene onwards our species expanded into the full diversity of the world’s environments. One of these, tropical rainforests, has traditionally been seen as a barrier to long-term human occupation and human migration. Over the...
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
A documentary film highlighting Ford's decades-long work at the ancient city site and surrounding forest, "El Pilar: Preserving the Maya Legacy," premiered Oct. 1, at the Catalina Film Festival. The film, which received the Award of...
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Monday, July 25, 2016
This article discusses the politics behind environmentalism and mentions Ford and Nigh's book throughout. Quincy Saul, of CounterPunch, presents the idea of the Maya forest garden as a solution to some of Mexico's ecological, political, and...
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Monday, July 4, 2016
Symposium. That's where the local and international academics converge every year for to discuss the work they've been doing along side NICH. And while the symposium had them sitting in a conference hall, their work is in the field, digging in the dirt...
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
Twenty years ago, a full Katun, launched the establishment of the boundaries of the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve for Maya Flora and Fauna. The theme of the new archaeological reserve would be the Maya Forest featuring Archaeology under the Canopy,...
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Friday, July 1, 2016
Presentation of Maya Forest Garden book at the Instituto Guatemalteco Americano.
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Friday, June 10, 2016
You may be wondering, “Now what is she going on about?”. Well, if you bear with me, I’d like to tell you about a revolutionary theory that proves that the Maya didn’t destroy their forest as the majority of scholars believe, but...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
An open day on the El Pilar Maya Forest Gardens was held at the National Institute of Culture and History building on Buena Vista Street in San Ignacio Town on Wednesday of this week. The event coincides with the International Museum Day 2016, which...
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
El sitio arqueológico El Pilar, ubicado en Petén, recibió la visita del Ministro de Cultura y Deportes, José Luis Chea Urruela y autoridades del Viceministerio de Patrimonio Cultural y Natural para conocer los proyectos de conservación y rescate de este...
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Podcast host Ted Mills and Dr. Ford in Dr. Ford's office
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Today on the show we have ethnographer and author Anabel Ford, who spends her time between UCSB and El Pilar, and archeological site on the Belize-Guatamala border. El Pilar is an ancient Maya city, and in 1983 Anabel was the first archeologist to map it...
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Monday, March 21, 2016
Walking through this ancient Central American jungle landscape might be a puzzling, yet surprisingly delightful experience for a first-time visitor. You don’t clearly see the well-defined, great stone pyramids, ball-courts, temples, and other...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Dynamic Rene Villanueva of Love Foundation was the Master of Ceremony that featured the work of archaeologist, Dr. Anabel Ford who has closely collaborated with Maya forest gardeners in the Cayo District over the past three decades. The publication of...
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Monday, February 29, 2016
With each opportunity I have to present Ronald Nigh and my new book, The Maya Forest Garden, there has been an increasing awareness of the contradictions between the exalted ancient Maya and the vilified milpa cycle. With the remarkable photography of...
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Friday, February 26, 2016
American archaeologist and anthropologist Anabel Ford has spent four decades studying the Maya civilization, principally at El Pilar, the ancient city she discovered on the border of today’s Belize and Guatemala. She also carries out research on Maya...
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Monday, February 15, 2016
Doctor Anabel Ford is an archeologist, who having discovered El Pilar in the west, has put in at least two decades of research arguing that the Maya’s milpa cycle is one of the same with the forest. She maintains that the practice of the Mayas in...
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Saturday, January 9, 2016
1 PM to 2 PM, followed at 2 PM with a free docent-led tour. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden     Conventional wisdom accepts that the Maya disappeared because they destroyed their home: the tropical Maya forest. Who then are those people...
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Monday, January 4, 2016
Anabel Ford, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara Monday, Jan 4 at 7:30 p.m., Fleischmann Auditorium It is a common belief that the ancient Maya disappeared and their population became too large to be supported with the traditional milpa...
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2015

Monday, November 23, 2015
Chaucer’s Bookstore presents The Maya Forest Garden Book Signing With Author Anabel Ford   Chaucer’s Bookstore 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 93105 Join us at 7pm Come meet Anabel Ford as she signs her newest book, The Maya Forest...
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
In 2001, I traveled to the Belize-Guatemala border to report on UCSB archaeologist Anabel Ford’s many discoveries at El Pilar, the Maya monument complex she uncovered in 1983. That’s where she developed revolutionary theories that threatened...
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