In the early 1900s M.A.R.I. sent a number of archaeological expeditions into southern Mexico and Central America. One of these pioneered archaeological investigations in the Olmec area, discovering the famous site of La Venta, Tabasco. From 1955 until 1974 the Institute undertook research in the northern Maya area of Mexico, investigating several important sites, such as Dzibilchaltun, Balankanche, Becan, Chicanna, and Xcaret. In 1980 M.A.R.I. excavated at the early Maya site of KomchÈn, in northwest Yucatan. The Institute has continued to sponsor graduate student research at other Maya sites on the Yucat·n Peninsula, including Ek Balam, Muyil, Chunchucmil and Chichen Itza. The data from these excavations have formed the core of many Tulane doctoral dissertations.
Oliver La Farge, Frans Blom, and "Tata" L·zaro Hern·ndez
From Tribes and Temples, M.A.R.I. Publication No. 1