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March 20, 2017

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo lines the western coast of the Yucatan peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea. The region holds some of the most fantastic Mayan ruins, including the sites of Chacchoben, Cobá, Tulum, and Xcaret. Now, Mexico's National Institute for Ant...

January 24, 2017

The general trajectory of the succession of Mayan civilizations has long been understood by archaeologists. But new refined analysis of numerous radiocarbon samples from the site of Ceibal to document the similar patterns in a series of collapses of major Maya city cen...

January 23, 2017

The dense jungle that covers much of the former Mayan territory has long hindered research into that ancient society. Recently, researchers have combined the technologies of Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) with 3-D printing to reveal a "network of ancient 'superhig...

September 8, 2016

Found in 1965 by looters and purchased by a former Mexican Cabinet member, this “book” was long thought to have been a forgery. Now, researchers believe it to be authentic—and the oldest example in the Americas.


Once dismissed as fake, Maya calendar is Americas’ old...

August 15, 2016

In 2013, archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli made one of the most exciting discoveries of his career—a Mayan glyph of a grinning snake. Located at the site of Holmul near the base of a frieze marking the tomb of a Mayan king, the grinning snake proved to be the key t...

August 10, 2016

Xunantunich, a 700 AD Mayan city in what is now Belize, is finally revealing its secrets to archaeologists. Recent excavations have revealed what is probably one of the largest royal tomb in that country. While limited evidence of the “Snake dynasty” have been found sc...

July 19, 2016

Much of what is known about the ancient Maya civilization derives from the study of the remains of their monumental cities—numerous pyramids with carvings and stelae that record the history of the elites. A recent study of animal bones recovered from several Mayan site...

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