Project 21st Century
Thanks to E-Scrap, Inc. and its president George Fery, a recipient of the organization's highest honor, a Fellow, and avid traveler to the Maya world, the Institute of Maya Studies has continued to donate computer equipment to the archaeologists working in sites in Mesoamerica. The purpose is to help site archaeologists gain access to 21st century technology.
E-Scrap, a company licensed by the State of Florida Environmental Protection Agency, is a recycling facility for electronic equipment providing a safe alternative in the recycling of electronics. The first donations of several desktop and laptop personal computers went to Chichen Itzá and Ek Balam when IMS members noticed the antiquated equipment being used by the field archaeologists there.
In 2005, IMS was able to donate equipment to projects in Mayapán and Aceh, followed in 2006 to projects in Kabah and other small sites in the Yucatán. Then in 2007, the recipient was Copán and IHAH, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History. Donations to Palenque, Campeche and Peten sites followed. Not only the equipment is free of charge, but thanks to E-Scrap's considerable business in Latin America, IMS has been able to obtain free shipping for this equipment.
Though all of the equipment donated so far has been to sites visited by IMS members during our annual trek to the Maya world, our organization is willing to donate PCs to active archaeological projects in Mesoamerica.