Kaxil Kiuic, Mexico
At Kaxil Kiuic, George Bey demonstrates that archaeology can be used to preserve both cultural resources and endangered environments. Following Millsaps College’s purchase of 4500 acres of land in Mexico, Bey spearheaded efforts to turn it into a bio-cultural reserve. Bey and his colleagues developed a method of conservation that focuses on preserving standing architecture while monitoring and mitigating damage that occurs to buildings through natural processes while also maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. To promote the long-term preservation, Bey implemented several outreach initiatives, including site visits and conservation training, for local communities. Through his efforts Bey is ensuring the preservation of this important Maya center.