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Ancient Mayan Site Photographed by Mississippi Coast Journalist

by Keith Burton-GulfCoastNews.com
Photos by - Bruce W. Smith - National Geographic Society
Filed 5/5/04

A newly rediscovered Mayan city making news this week worldwide was photographed by a Mississippi Coast photographer and journalist

Bruce W. Smith, who owns Editorial Services LLC in Long Beach recently traveled to Guatemala with archeologists exploring a newly rediscovered Mayan city. The city was being excavated after being overrun by the jungle for more than 2,000 years.

"The feeling was almost spiritual--standing in front of a carving that is nearly 2200 years old and knowing we were the first to see it come to light after more than a millennium," Smith said.

One of Smith's photographs, which shows a Mayan stone glyph, is featured in a story from the National Geographic Society that is appearing this week in news accounts worldwide, such as this one online at MSNBC and in the LA Times and Washington Post.

Smith's company is a photo and editorial writing service based in Long Beach. He specializes in travel, automotive, and boating related stories for national publications, and his photography has been widely published in major magazines, but this is a first for him in connection with National Geographic.

GCN readers will already know of Smith's work as his photos have appeared frequently in stories on GulfCoastNews.com. One of Smith's stories on his Guatemala Maya trip is featured on GCN at this time.

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