Stanley Guenter was first introduced to the ancient Maya the day after his sixth birthday, when he refused to climb a crumbling staircase at the site of Xpujil, in Campeche, Mexico, and had to endure his more adventurous siblings' comments on the wonderful view. Having reformed his behavior, Stan has since returned to Xpujil to finally climb that staircase, as well as thousands of others at sites all across Mesoamerica. Having completed degrees in archaeology at the University of Calgary and La Trobe University of Australia, he is finishing up his dissertation on the Classic Maya Collapse at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He is currently working as archaeologist and epigrapher with three projects in northern Guatemala: The El Peru-Waka' Project, the La Corona Archaeological Project, and the Mirador Basin Project.