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Mayan Mound in Guatemala, by Wetmore, Alexander 1886-, November 26, 1940, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1375 and Wetmore # 977.

November 26, 1940

Smithsonian Assistant Secretary Alexander Wetmore, an ornithologist studying the birds of the Isthmus of Panama, visits Maya ruins at Quirigia in Guatemala.More

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