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.

Read David Stuart's Decipherment Blog

In April and May of this year the remains of an important hieroglyphic stairway were discovered at Structure 13R-10 at La Corona, Guatemala, during excavations undertaken by the Proyecto Regional Arqueológico La Corona, directed by Marcello Canuto (Tulane University) and Tomás Barrientos Quezada (Universided del Valle de Guatemala). David Stuart is the Project Epigrapher. 

Read the blog entry about the discovery

Exhibition: The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

The Dallas Museum of Art presents The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico, the first large-scale exploration of the ancient kingdoms of southern Mexico and their patron deity, Quetzalcoatl, an
incarnation of the spirit force of wind and rain that combined the attributes of a serpent with those of the quetzal bird, thus the name “Plumed Serpent.”

MSNBC features David Stuart discovery

Maya panel featuring a prominent king

David Stuart, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin, recognized the reference to the date among 56 glyphs that were carved on the stone block. "It was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region, and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012," Stuart said in a statement released by UT."

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UT Professor David Stuart interview by KUT

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Archaeologists in Guatemala recently discovered a Mayan stone that makes a second reference to December 21, 2012.  David Stuart, a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin was the one to decipher the hieroglyph. He joined KUT’s Nathan Bernier to talk about the substantial find.

Listen to the interview here

Prof. David Stuart, project epigrapher in latest discovery

David Stuart, Director of The Mesoamerica Center, has deciphered the second known reference in Maya culture to the so-called “end date” of December 21, 2012.