New Archaeological Discoveries in Guatemala

In May Prof. David Stuart conducted fieldwork at two archaeological sites in northern Guatemala, helping to document important Maya monuments and sculptures discovered by colleagues from Tulane University.

One of the ruins visited was La Corona, a site that Stuart helped to discover during a Harvard-led expedition in 1997. New monuments excavated this year contain well preserved hieroglyphic inscriptions from the seventh and eighth century A.D. Stuart’s decipherments of the texts and iconography revealed many new details about the La Corona’s royal dynasty and its connections to other powerful kingdoms in the region. Much of this research will be featured this fall in an upcoming article in National Geographic Magazine. Stuart is now busy producing precise drawings of these new sculptures, will be collaborating with the Proyecto Arqueológico Regional La Corona on their analysis and eventual scholarly publication.