Mexican Archaeologist Pina Chan Dies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Ramon Pina Chan, a pioneering Mexican archaeologist
who specialized in Mayan cultures, has died. He was 81.
A family announcement said he died Tuesday evening after a short illness.
Among his many works, Pina Chan discovered or excavated ancient Mayan cities
and pyramids in Palenque, Bonampak, and Chichen Itza in southeastern Mexico, as
well as other ancient cultural sites in western Michoacan state and Guanajuato, in
Pina Chan wrote 19 books and numerous papers on his findings and field
investigations. He also taught at the National Autonomous University school of
anthropology and history, and served for many years as a top curator of the national
Museum of Anthropology, one of the world's top pre-Columbian institutions.
He is survived by his wife, Beatriz Barba, and three daughters.