Cultural heritage doesn't often make it into the pages of New Scientist, but this week there's an article about Honduras, and how the indigenous Pech people and their culture is being portrayed as Mayan, for the "benefit" of tourists.  The Pech were were wiped out by the mid 1600s, following the Spanish occupation, and as they are not nearly as well known as the Maya.  On the island of Roatán, there are replica "Mayan ruins", even though there is no evidence that the Maya lived on the island - the Ministry of Tourism seems to think that the Maya will be a stronger draw for tourists than the less-known Pech.

Illusion extends further - there is also a replica Black Pearl, the ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean, and someone portraying Captain Jack Sparrow. There were plenty of real pirates operating out of Roatán, so it's disappointing that tourists are being given a replica of fiction, rather than an explanation of what really happened in the past.

You can read the article here.