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Ed Barnhart

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Ed Barnhart
Barnhart at Tikal in June 2021
Born (1968-10-29) October 29, 1968 (age 55)[citation needed]
Known forMaya Exploration Center

Dr. Edwin Lawrence Barnhart (born October 29, 1968) is an American archaeologist and explorer specializing in ancient civilizations of the Americas. He is the founder and Director of the Maya Exploration Center, President of Ancient Explorations and fellow of The Explorers Club.[1][2]

Barnhart's early career focused on survey and mapping in Mesoamerica. He re-discovered the city of Ma’ax Na ("Spider-Monkey House"), in Belize in 1995.[3] He also led the Palenque Mapping Project in 1998–2000, at the invitation of the Mexican government, which documented 1478 structures in the Maya ruins of Palenque, in Chiapas, Mexico.[4][5][6]

Barnhart studied under Linda Schele at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Ph.D. in anthropology in 2001.[7] He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1992 with a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies.[8]

Barnhart is a public speaker on archaeology topics. He has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and Japanese public television.[9] He also produced four lecture series for the Teaching Company's Great Courses and has a podcast called ArchaeoEd.[9][10]


  1. ^ (MEC), Maya Exploration Center. "Dr. Ed Barnhart". Maya Exploration Center. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  2. ^ Douglass, Sarah (2016-03-18). "Gods and Monsters of the Amazon". Houstonia Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  3. ^ Shaw, Leslie. "FAMSI © 2002 - Leslie C. Shaw". FAMSI. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  4. ^ Barnhart, Edwin L. "FAMSI © 2001 - The Palenque Mapping Project, 1998 - 2000 Final Report". FAMSI. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  5. ^ Goodrich, Kristine. "Archaeologist who has unearthed Mesoamerican civilizations to speak at MSU". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  6. ^ Barnhart, Edwin Lawrence (2011-03-15). "The Palenque mapping project: settlement and urbanism at an ancient Maya city". Repository Home. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  7. ^ D'Amico, Rob (May 2, 2008). "Living Maya". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  8. ^ "A Modern-day Indiana Jones". Columbia College spotlight stories. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  9. ^ a b "Dr. Edwin Barnhart is director of the Maya Exploration Center". The Great Courses Plus. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  10. ^ "ArchaeoEd Podcast on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. 2021-01-01. Retrieved 2021-01-18.

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