Maya Religion: The Light That Came From Beside The Sea
The Mayan religious text, the Popol Vuh (known by many names, among them, The Light That Came From Beside The Sea) is the Quiche Maya story of creation translated into Spanish in the early 18th century CE by the missionary...
The Tizoc Stone
The Tizoc Stone is a huge stone cylinder from the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan which depicts a sun-disk on its flat upper surface and carries a frieze around its outer edge showing Aztec warriors and the Aztec king Tizoc, whose reign from...
Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes (UNESCO/NHK)
Paquimé, Casas Grandes is located in present-day Mexico. It reached its apogee in the 14th and 15th centuries AD, playing a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the southwestern United States and the more...
Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco (UNESCO/NHK)
Xochicalco is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a fortified political, religious and commercial centre from the troubled period of 650--900 that followed the break-up of the great Mesoamerican states such as Teotihuacan, Monte Albán...
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco (UNESCO/NHK)
From c. 100 B.C. to A.D. 1300, the Sierra de San Francisco, Mexico (in the El Vizcaino reserve, in Baja California) was home to a people who have now disappeared but who left one of the most outstanding collections of rock paintings in the...
Virtual Tour through the Jade Museum
Tour around the permanent and temporary exhibition rooms of the Jade Museum, Costa Rica.
Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages (Clip 3)
June 4, 2011, The Getty Villa Clip 3: A Fermented Cacao Beverage from Central America In three highlight clips from this public lecture, Patrick McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory at the University...
Olmec Colossal Head
A basalt colossal head from the Olmec civilization of Mesoamerica. Provenance: Veracruz, Mexico, 1200-900 BCE. The significance of the heads is disputed but as no two heads are alike and each headdress has distinctive designs they may represent...
Principal Olmec Settlements
A map showing the principal settlements of the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico) which flourished from c. 1200-300 BCE.
Goal, Ball Court of Chichen Itza
One of the goals of the ball court at the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. The objective of the ball game, popular across Mesoamerica, was to strike a rubber ball through the hoop using any part of the body except the hands.