Remembering the Future: How Ancient Maya Agronomists Changed the Modern World

Remembering the Future: How Ancient Maya Agronomists Changed the Modern World

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Top Image: Stucco head of the Maya maize god, 550-850 AD. (Walters Art Museum/ Public Domain ), Maize (Public Domain) and Cultivation of maize in an illustration from the 16th c. Florentine Codex ( CC BY 3.0 ); Deriv.

By James O'Kon

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Comments

A very impressive list! And most of these foods are really delicious. I mean... chocolate... Is there anything more delicious?! @addictive!

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