Richard D. Hansen
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Hansen is a specialist on the ancient Maya civilization and directs the Mirador Basin Project, which investigates a circumscribed geological and cultural area known as the Mirador Basin in the northern Petén, Guatemala. He has previously held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and Idaho State University. He is also the founder and president of the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES). His work has been featured in 36 film documentaries and was the principal consultant for the movie Apocalypto (Mel Gibson) (Hansen 2012a), CBS Survivor Guatemala, and National Geographic's The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.
He was also awarded the Orden de la Monja Blanca by the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense in 2019. He was named as "one of the 24 individuals that changed Latin America and his work has been an important contribution to the understanding of the development of Maya civilization.
- Archeological Research in the Petén, Guatemala - NASA
- Mirador Basin National Monument: The Cradle of Maya Civilization
- Latin Trade Magazine, Dec. 2013, p. 72, www.latintrade.com
- Prensa Libre, 10 Marzo 2017: 12,35 http://www.globalheritagefund.org/apocalypto.html Global Heritage Fund Archived 2007-11-02 at the Wayback Machine
- Article by Richard Hansen & Mel Gibson about the 2006 film Apocalypto.
- Works by or about Richard D. Hansen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Mirador Basin Project, directed by Hansen
- Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES), established by Hansen
- Asociacion de Amigos del Patrimonio Natural y Cultural de Guatemala (APANAC)