Stela D at Copan by Catherwood
This lithograph of Stela D at Copan was done by Frederick Catherwood and first published in 1844 in his book, Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. Like John Lloyd Stephens' works on the Maya, the book was very...
The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio
This Maya building located on the island of Cozumel, in Mexico, at the archaeological site of San Gervasio is named because of the red-colored hand prints, which mark the wall. The building is comprised of two rooms in which a small temple...
Mayan Ocarina Depicting the Death God Ah
Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, is often represented as having an owl's head since owls were considered symbols of death to the ancient Maya. This figurine dates to c. 600-800 CE, which coincides with the Classic Period in Mayan history...
The Nunnery Quadrangle at Uxmal by Catherwood
This lithograph from Frederick Catherwood's Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan depicts the so-called `Nunnery Quadrangle' at the city of Uxmal. The exterior and interior of the quadrangle are intricately and...
View of the "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio
This is another view of the "Little Hands" structure at San Gervasio, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. This building was constructed in two phases between c. 1000-1650 CE by the Maya.
San Bartolo Mural
Mural fragment in San Bartolo, Guatemala, rediscovered 2003 CE, presented at the Palacio Nacional de La Cultura, May 2006 CE. Preclassic Maya art.
Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben
Temple of Las Vasijas ("the vessels") at Maya site of Chacchoben c. 700 CE.
Temple 1 at Chacchoben
Structure known as Temple 1 at Maya site of Chacchoben c. 700 CE. The temple is astronomically aligned to focus the first rays of dawn on the summer solstice down onto an area where once a statue or stele would have stood.
Temple of the Vessels, Chacchoben
The Temple of the Vessels (Templo de Las Vasijas) at Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. Bowls, pitchers, plates and other items used for religious rituals were kept here.
The Temple of the Vessels, Chacchoben
The Temple of the Vessels (Templo de Las Vasijas) at Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. Located on the sacred plateau of the Gran Basamento, this temple housed the various goods needed for sacrifice and offerings at the nearby Temple 1.