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We in the Western world always like to assume that we're the civilized ones, with our apartments like shoeboxes stacked on top of each other and our motorized vehicles putt-putting us towards the future. Well, Francisco Estrada-Belli has got news for those of us who assume our civilization is numero uno -- the Mayans beat us by over a thousand years. Four years ago, excavations at the 2500 year old Mayan city of Cival in Guatemala's Peten jungle uncovered the ruins of a royal metropolis of more than 10,000 people at a time when most Western scientists assumed the Maya were simple farmers. Estrada-Belli discovered amazing artifacts including pyramids, plazas, stone masks, and jade and ceramic offerings that possibly marked the dawn of Mayan dynasties. Learn about the "New Discoveries at Cival, Guatemala: Dawn of the Maya," at 7:30 p.m., at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. Call 305-284-3603. (PEGY)

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