Richard D. Hansen

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Hansen in 2017

Richard D. Hansen is an American archaeologist who is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Utah.


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.[1][2] He has previously held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and Idaho State University.[citation needed] 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[3] and his work has been an important contribution to the understanding of the development of Maya civilization.[4]


  1. ^ Archeological Research in the Petén, Guatemala - NASA
  2. ^ Mirador Basin National Monument: The Cradle of Maya Civilization
  3. ^ Latin Trade Magazine, Dec. 2013, p. 72,
  4. ^ Prensa Libre, 10 Marzo 2017: 12,35 Global Heritage Fund Archived 2007-11-02 at the Wayback Machine

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