Best-selling Author James O'Kon Travels to Miami, Florida for the Institute of Maya Studies and the Miami Book Fair International

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This week author James O'Kon will speak at the Institute of Maya Studies and exhibit at the Miami Book Fair International.

James O’Kon, author of The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology, will be speaking to members of the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, Florida on Wednesday night November 14 at 8 p.m.. The Institute of Maya Studies has been promoting scholarship on pre-Columbian cultures since its founding in 1972. Each month it hosts a presentation by a current researcher. The Institute of Maya Studies meetings are held at the Miami Science Museum, located at 3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL.

Here's what Joaquin Rodriguez, the Institute of Maya Studies' resident professional engineer, said about O'Kon's book:

"This is a thoroughly enjoyable book on a very important subject written by a highly qualified engineer with the right expertise to cover this matter. It is well researched and simply written. The excellent photography, helpful diagrams and graphic reconstructions add to the understanding of the subject."

James O’Kon will also be at the 2012 Miami Book Fair International. On Friday, November 16, the first day of the Street Fair, you will find O’Kon on Writer’s Row. The Fair is held at the Wolfson Campus of the Miami Dade College.

James O’Kon has pursued a lifelong passion for the engineering, sciences and technology of the Maya. In his role as an archaeo-engineer he has combined his unique professional engineering experience with the search for lost Maya technology.

After years of collecting field data, obtained by traveling in dugout canoes, hacking his way through the jungle and sleeping in tents, he was able to use his forensic engineering skills, along with modern digital tools, to reveal the mysteries of lost Maya technology.

His discoveries in Maya technology have been recognized by National Geographic Magazine, among other publications, and in a production on The History Channel. He has delivered scientific papers dealing with his discoveries in Maya technologies at international engineering and archaeological symposia and presented his discoveries to the Explorers Club in New York City. His explorations and discoveries of Maya technology have been documented in his book, The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology.

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