Sherman Horn III

Sherman Horn III

HD Analytical Solutions, Inc.

Research Scientist


Published on Apr 30, 2017

Return to El Pilar!

We made our first working trip to El Pilar last Thursday, April 27th, which included a return to a small mound cluster on the periphery of the low-lying, seasonal swamp in the northeast of the Rese...

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Published on Apr 22, 2017

The Blog is Up!

I've actually got the blog up and running! You can find it here. I have a short introductory post and a funny (to me, at least) vignette about packing for a long field season and traveling to Beliz...

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Published on Apr 20, 2017

Welcome to BRASS Base!

Greetings from BRASS Base in lovely Belize! Anabel has been here since April 8th, preparing the way for fieldwork, and Sherman arrived on the 15th with our new assistant James. Most...

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Published on Feb 09, 2017

New Year Update to Our Backers

The New Year got off to a quick start and continues at a breakneck pace! Anabel and I have been busy working on several aspects of our research at El Pilar, and we wanted to give you a quick update...

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Published on Nov 04, 2016


We did it! A huge thank-you to everyone who helped us exceed our funding target and win the Archaeology Grant Challenge! We were in a closely contested race with competition from some amazing archa...

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Published on Nov 02, 2016

Now You See It, Now You Don't: Why We Still Need Ground Survey

We've just uploaded a new video showing Anabel Ford and Belize Institute of Archaeology staff members surveying a terraced area in the forest at El Pilar. Archaeologists have known about ancient Ma...

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Published on Oct 26, 2016

Boots on the Ground: Survey in the Maya Forest

Our last three Lab Notes show how large, medium-sized, and even some smaller structures can be clearly seen in the El Pilar LiDAR images. Recognizing ancient Maya structures from the air and findi...

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Reply to:Pedro LondonPedro London
Thanks for your comment and support, Pedro. This Experiment was designed to fund a part of the larger El Pilar Project, which Anabel Ford has been directing for over 20 years. Dr. Ford has been very interested in ancient Maya agriculture and has incorporated sustainability investigations into her...more
Large structures at El Pilar are faced with limestone masonry blocks that were probably quarried from the ridge-lands around the center. Smaller structures, like the houses and other buildings that most people used, were made of perishable materials that haven't survived. Luckily for us, many sma...more
Looting is a huge problem in the Maya area, and there are several different ways potential looters can discover structures. Modern-day people have been living around El Pilar for some time, and it's possible that some people happened across the monumental structures while hunting in the forest or...more
Great questions! The large dotted lines are modern roads that run through the Reserve. You can see that the one running through the monumental core corresponds to the north-south white line in the map in our previous Lab Note. Your next two questions are more difficult to answer. Estimating anci...more