Tomb of Maya queen K’abel discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization.

The tomb was discovered during excavations of the royal Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northwestern Petén, Guatemala, by a team of archaeologists led by Washington University in St. Louis’ David Freidel, co-director of the expedition.

David Stuart Lecture on Xultun

David Stuart

David Stuart Lecture: The Discovery and Decipherment of a Maya Astronomer's "Notes" at Xultun, Guatemala

This event is free and open to the public. Joins us October 3 at 8 pm.

Slideshow: Maya murals found in Chajul kitchen

Family portrait in front of revealed Maya murals

National Geographic is currently hosting a slideshow of a multi-wall Maya mural program that was revealed during a local Chajul family's kitchen renovation.

Dennis Tedlock @ UT: The First 2000 Years of Mayan Literature

image of Dennis Tedlock

For those in the Austin area, mark your calendars for Thursday, September 27th, at 4pm for a talk by noted Mayan literature expert, Dennis Tedlock, here at the University of Texas at Austin. More details on the lecture available after the break.

Major Discovery: Cueva Rey Condoy

A recently discovered cave in the Oaxaca Valley contains several new and exciting examples of Zapotec visual culture, including wonderful over-life-size mud sculptures of human and supernatural figures, rock paintings, and lithics.

Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing

The Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing issues number 61, 62, and 63 are now available for download at the University of Texas Digital Repository!

Maya Views of Time and 2012 Lecture

Time was not just a means of measuring the course of history for the Maya, it was a shaping force in their daily and religious lives. Maya inscriptions are now providing insights into Classic Maya views of time-particularly the baktun cycle and Order of Days-and its social, historical and political significance. Leading Maya archaeologist and epigrapher David Stuart, will explain how decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs has lead to a great understanding of the Maya world and the truth about 2012. This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America - Houston Society and it is included in the course co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies "Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History". Following the lecture, Stuart will sign copies of his book Order of Days.  

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The Mesoamerica Center is on Vimeo Channel

The Mesoamerica Center is now on Vimeo Channel. Browse our channel to see past Maya Meetings lectures and  highlights from speakers!

Below, you can see a selection of highlights of speakers from the 2011 Maya Meetings. Full lenght presentation in our channel.




Registration is now open for The 2013 Maya Meetings


Registration is now open  for the 2013 Maya Meetings.

The Art of Maya Architecture:
Cosmology and Dynasty in the Built Environment
January 15-19, 2013
The University of Texas at Austin

All of our events require registration. All workshops are being conducted concurrently. Therefore, you may only register for one workshop. Registration fees are not refundable.



Mesoamerica Students presenting at the Simposio de InvestigacionesArqueológicas Guatemala

Brochure for the Simposio de Guatemala 2012

The Mesoamerica Center is proud to announce the following faculty and students  who are presenting papers at the XXVI Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Guatemala.