Press Release

WMF to Begin Conservation Work in the Yucatán

Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), announced today that WMF has signed two agreements with Fomento Cultural Banamex, the philanthropic branch of Banamex; the State Government of Yucatán; and the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) to provide a total of $925,000 towards conservation, archaeological research, and site interpretation projects at four Maya sites and a former Franciscan convent complex, all located in the Yucatán Peninsula. To kick off the restoration work, WMF and Banamex are holding onsite press conferences outlining the plans for San Miguel Arcangel, a former convent, in Maní on July 16, 2007, and for the four Maya sites of Aké, Kabáh, Chichén Itzá, and Xocnaceh, at Kabáh on July 17, 2007. Bonnie Burnham; Ambassador Alfonso de Maria y Campos, National Director of the INAH; Cándida Fernández, Director of Banamex; Patricio Patron Laviada, Governor of the Yucatán state; and other distinguished guests will be in attendance.

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