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Xultun, Guatemala

Incredible Findings at site of Xultun, Guatemala.

William 'Bill' Saturno, Boston University archaeologist, has reported his team finding new murals and exciting paintings at a site near San Bartolo. An article in Science, co-authored by  William Saturno, David Stuart, Anthony Aveni and Franco Rossi, "Ancient Maya Astronomical Tables from Xultun, Guatemala" has been published.

Information on Xultun from THE CORPUS OF MAYA HIEROGLYPHIC INSCRIPTIONS at the Peabody Musuem at Harvard University. When you go to the pages be sure to select a Stela and pick "Detailed View" to see pictures and drawings of the stela and "Locate on Map" to see where the stela was found related to structures at the site.


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Tikal Project Videos

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has placed 21 silent videos taken between 1951 and 1959 on Youtube.

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The Jade Masks of the Maya

The Jade Masks of the Maya

January 26 - June 10, 2012

Pinacothèque de Paris

The Pinacothèque continues its exploration of Pre-Columbian and Meso-American cultures. Following the success of the exhibition The Incas’s Gold : Origins and Mysteries, the Pinacothèque de Paris is showing the most important archeological discovery of the past decade in Mexico : masks made of jade mosaic. These outstanding masks, entirely restored by the most eminent specialists in Mayan archeology, represent the deities’ faces. Created for the governors of the most prestigious lost Mayan cities, they had the mission to ensure eternal life to these dignitaries after their death.

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Trying to visit Xkabal

Yucatan, October 2011 

Steve Radzi and his wife, Linda, just reported the following. They tried to make it to the site of Xkabal, not far from Dzibanche, Quintana Roo. It is on private property.

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Visit to Plan de Ayutla

Plan de Ayutla is a not-often visited site not far from Bonampak. First reported in 1974 by Peter Schmidt. Alejandro Tovalín Ahumada visited in 1988, and the site is currently being investigated by Luis Alberto Martos. The site is a "strong candidate" to be the long sought-after Sak’Tzi, whose literal Spanish translation from the Maya Tzeltal language is Perro Blanco, or White Dog in English. George Fery was able to visit In October 2011, during his recent trip to the area and brings us this picture. The building with the sloping roof is remarkable as it is quite unique

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Biographical sketches of men and women who did much of the early defining
work in Maya studies.

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