The website of the Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute is the product of over 35 years of investigation and exploration of Mesoamerican civilizations, their art, archaeology, and glyphic texts, as well as research concerning the tropical environment and its ancient monuments.

Merle Greene Robertson and PARI have made over 2500 rubbings of Maya sculpture, which are now conserved in the Rare Book and Manuscript Department of the Latin American Library, Tulane University. Many of these rubbings have been in one man shows in the major museums in the United States, Mexico, Sweden, and Guatemala.

PARI has sponsored the world-recognized Palenque Round Table Conferences from 1973 to 1991. PARI has published ten volumes with papers given at these conferences, as well as other books, a quarterly journal, and a series of monographs.

PARI has sponsored educational gatherings and mini-conferences. It has played a significant role in conferences in the United States as well as internationally, such as the International Congress of Americanists, conferences and symposiums in Leiden, Bonn, Stockholm, Cuillican, Merida, and Mexico City.

The role that PARI has played in ongoing studies and research in the Latin American countries of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize has been significant. Twenty years of research has been carried out at Palenque, culminating in the work of El Proyecto Grupo de las Cruces, and ten years at Chichen Itza in Yucatan.

The ancient use of the land and its means of conserving the environment have been investigated, while at the same time research was undertaken on how to preserve the habitat today and still make it possible for tourists to visit and enjoy these ancient cities in the jungle.

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