Tag Archives: Maya

Archaeologists Uncover Nearly Pristine Mayan Road

Archaeologists from the University of Colorado Boulder have uncovered a nearly pristine Mayan road in El Salvador. The remains were covered by volcanic ash during an eruption in 600 CE.

The road was a surprise find for archaeologists, who stated: “Until our discovery, these roads were only known from the Yucatan area in Mexico and all were built with stone linings, which generally preserved well.”

To learn more about the find, see the article on Science Daily News.


Two Maya Royal Burials Discovered

Archaeologists have recently uncovered two royal burials at Nakum, a Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala. The tombs date to 1,300 and 2,000 BP and filled with various luxuries (such as gold, jade, and elite pottery).

These are the first royal burials discovered at Nakum, once a large and densely populated Mayan site. The full details of the burials are described in the September Issue of Antiquity.

You can read more about the burials and see the amazing photographs in this article of National Geographic.

“Triad of Felines” Monoliths Uncovered in Mexico

Recent excavations South of Mexico City in Chalcatzingo (a region known to have been connected with the Olmec culture) has uncovered a monolith, dating to approximately 700 BCE, depicting three feline figures (likely jaguars or mountain lions).

Triad Cat Monolith copyright National Geographic

After several months of piecing together the piece, archaeologists have revealed the completed work to the public. Its purpose is still unknown, but professionals assert that it had a type of ritualistic significance and may have served as a type of ‘religious bilboard’ scattered across the landscape.

“One of our hypotheses is that, in the time from 800 to 500 B.C., there was a frieze along the entire Cerro Chalcatzingo,” or “Chalcatzingo hill,” project member Mario Cordova Tello, an archaeologist with Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), said in a statement.

The find will be instrumental in determining the relationship between the Olmec and the Native inhabitants of Chalcatzingo. Read more about the find in this National Geographic Article.

Remains from Sacrificed Humans Found in Mayan City

Archaeologists working at Chichen-Itza have uncovered the bones of six human beings in a sink hole. The humans were ritually sacrificed some time between 850-1250 AD. To read more about the find and see some amazing pictures, check out this National Geographic Article.

NOAA Explores the Maritime Maya

The maritime accomplishments of the Maya have largely been neglected in the archaeological world. Recently, NOAA teamed up with Mayan Archaeologists to explore ancient coastlines and maritime accomplishments of this vibrant, New World civilization.

Read more about this large, significant project in this article published by NOAA.

Maya Hieroglyphics – a study in Linguistics

National Geographic has an amazing article today about the evolution of our understanding of Maya hieroglyphs.

Our understanding of maya hieroglyphs is constantly evolving and has a special place in archaeological theory.

New Maya Hieroglyphics Discovered at El Palmar

Archaeologists have uncovered a new hieroglyphic stairwell at the Maya site of El Palmar in Mexico. Such a significant find is rare in the field of modern archaeology, but scholars are excited about what these new texts will reveal.

Maya specialists are still working on the decipherment of the text. You can learn more about where they are in their research (as well as a bit about Maya text) in this National Geographic Article.