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The stunning pre-classical ancient city of Altun Há

The ancient city of Altun Há was once one of the most important Mayan cities in Northern Belize. Today it’s among the most visited attractions in this tiny Central American country, especially by cruisegoers arriving at Belize city's nearby port.

The rise and fall of the ancient city of Oxtankah in...

In its heyday, Oxtankah was among the most prosperous centers in the region and the largest city in the Bay of Chetumal.

The beautiful and enigmatic Chacchobén 

Chacchobén is an archaeological site in the south of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, surrounded by spectacular lakes and lagoons, including the nearby lagoon of seven colors in Bacalar.

Locals worry about indefinite closure at Cobá archaeological site

The archaeological site of Cobá, one of the most popular in the country, will be closed indefinitely for maintenance. 

New archaeological discoveries uncovered near Izamal

After a prolonged hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, archaeologists in Yucatán are getting back to work. One of the projects now underway is an...

A return to glory for the once forgotten Maya city of...

If you are reading this, chances are that at one point or another you have dreamed of the “romantic life” of an archaeologist. But if...

Cacaxtla and the mystery of its spectacular Maya murals

The Cacaxtla-Xochitécatl archaeological site is one of the most interesting and unique in all of Mexico. Aside from its massive structures and breathtakingly beautiful vistas, this ancient city in Central Mexico boasts a rather out-of-place feature — Maya murals. 

Teotihuacán, the enigmatic city at the center of the universe

The grandeur of Teotihuacán is hard to overstate. It is easy to understand why their cultural descendants, the famed Aztecs, thought the great city lay at the center of the universe itself.

Copán, the great dynastic Macaw capital of the eastern Maya

Copán is also one of Honduras's most important tourist attractions and one of its few restored archaeological sites.

Dzibilchaltún is set to reopen after nearly 6 months

Dzibilchaltún is set to reopen to the public on Thursday, according to a press release by CULTUR. 

Chichén Itzá bounces back in a big way in 2021

Yucatán's archaeological sites have attracted nearly 1.6 million visitors during the first 10 months of 2021.  This number stands in stark contrast to attendance at...

Caracol, Belize’s ancient jungle metropolis, is worth the effort 

Caracol is a large ancient Mayan city located in Belize's Cayo District and just a few kilometers from the Guatemalan border.

Dzibilchaltún resolves conflict with locals, set to open once again

Dzibilchaltún is set to open to the public once again after the lifting of a four-month blockade.

Tikal, the storied Petén capital of the classical Maya

The ancient city of Tikal is widely considered to be one of the most impressive in all of Mesoamerica. Its importance in the development of classical Maya culture is hard to overstate.

Rare 1,000-year-old canoe found in cenote near Chichén Itzá

A wooden canoe used by the ancient Maya and believed to be over 1,000 years old has turned up in Yucatán. It is nearly...

The story of one of archaeology’s greatest trailblazers, Tatiana Proskouriakoff

Tatiana Proskouriakoff is remembered for laying the foundation for understanding Mayan historical texts and reconstructing the political history of Mayan city-states.

The ambition, power, and downfall of the great Calakmul

Calakmul is an ancient Mayan city found deep in the jungle of the southeastern Mexican state of Campeche, near the border with Guatemala.

New discovery of 2,500 pre-Hispanic structures along Mayan Train route

INAH said it has detected evidence of nearly 2,500 pre-Hispanic structures and 80 burial sites along the route of the Mayan Train. The archaeological discoveries...

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths...

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

The untamed beauty of Hormiguero and its exotic wilderness

Part of its appeal likely has to do with the fact that it is rarely visited by tourists because of how poor the roads needed to access it are

The Dresden Codex, the great Maya book of the stars

The Dresden Codex is a Mayan book believed to be the oldest surviving book written in the Americas, dating to the 11th or 12th century.

Dzibanché and the forging of the great snake dynasty

Recent research suggests that Dzibanché was one of the largest early Mayan cities in the entirety of Mesoamerica and may have been the first capital of the Kan, the first great Maya dynasty.

Xpujil, gateway to the Calakmul biosphere

Xpujil is an archaeological site in the south of the Mexican state of Campeche, within the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, and within the limits of the contemporary town of the same name.

New round of restoration for giant stucco masks at Kohunlich

A group of INAH archaeologists led by Patricia Meehan Hermanson has begun restoration work on Kohunlich’s famous giant stucco masks in Quintana Roo.