' Most hand­some ar­chae­ol­o­gist' comes from WHU

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Geng Yuan

After a doc­u­men­tary "My Youth on Silk Road-Au­gust Season," was aired on Hu­nan Satel­lite TV on the evening of Au­gust 23, the story of Li Mo­ran, a young ar­chae­ol­o­gist who grad­u­ated from Wuhan Univer­sity and now works at the Mayan Ru­ins of Copan in Hon­duras, touched many ne­ti­zens. They call Li "the most hand­some ar­chae­ol­o­gist."

Li Mo­ran was ad­mit­ted to the De­part­ment of Ar­chae­ol­ogy at Wuhan Univer­sity ( WHU) in 2006. Since then he has stud­ied there for 11 years. "The time in the WHU had a great im­pact on me," Li said.

Be­fore ob­tain­ing his Ph.D. in 2015, Li was se­lected by the Copan project of the In­sti­tute of Ar­chae­ol­ogy of the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences. Thus he be­came a mem­ber of the first group of Chi­nese schol­ars to en­gage in Mayan ar­chae­ol­ogy.

Li is cur­rently work­ing at the Copan Ru­ins, which is lo­cated in the north­west part of Tegu­ci­galpa, the cap­i­tal of Hon­duras. It was once a fa­mous city of the Mayan civ­i­liza­tion.

Work­ing in the trop­i­cal rain for­est, which is hot and hu­mid all year, Li and his team­mates had to over­come many dif­fi­cul­ties: nu­mer­ous mos­qui­toes, high hu­mid­ity, in­suf­fi­cient oxy­gen, oc­ca­sional snakes and spi­ders, etc.

How­ever, Li is very pleased that the achieve­ments of the Chi­nese ar­chae­o­log­i­cal team have earned the trust of the lo­cal peo­ple and the re­spect of its for­eign coun­ter­parts. The Mayan ar­ti­facts jointly un­earthed by China and Hon­duras will be shipped to China for ex­hi­bi­tions in the near fu­ture.

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