Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies (FAMSI)
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI) has been dedicated to research and online collaboration on pre-Columbian studies of ancient cultures over the past two decades.
The term "Mesoamerica" refers to a geographical area occupied by a variety of ancient cultures, such as the Aztec and Maya, that shared many aspects such as art, architecture, religious beliefs and technology. They existed in the Americas for three thousand years—from about 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1519—the time of European contact, and were unique in how advanced they were as civilizations.
Mesoamerica is one of our planet's six cradles of early civilization. Many aspects of the ancient cultures of El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, México and Honduras continue to the present day. Several of their cultural inventions and traits have spread throughout the world.