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Maya Archaeology

THE VESSELS OF TAPIJULAPA
The ancient Maya used ceramic vessels to burn incense, mostly for purification purposes.
By Pilar Márquez
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THE REVELATIONS OF PALENQUE
"If you understand Palenque, you can understand anything the Maya ever did," wrote renowned researcher Linda Shele. And she was right. In this special report we bring to light why Palenque is considered the most enigmatic of the Maya cities.
       
RESCUING THE ROSALILA
The architects and sculptors of Copan eulogized their rulers and reaffirmed their religious beliefs through colorful buildings and works of art. Rosalila temple, an impressive example of this tradition, survived the passing of centuries in pristine condition.
By Barbara W. Fash
  
ENIGMATIC QUIRIGUA
At the Archaeological site of Quirigua, Guatemala, the Maya chronicled the events that —according to their beliefs— took place millions of years ago.
By John S. Mitchell
 
THE STATUETTES OF JAINA
Numerous pre-Hispanic tombs have been discovered in Jaina, a small island off the coasts of Campeche (Mexico). In keeping with Maya tradition, the dead were buried with various utensils, ceremonial objects and, above all, small clay statuettes.
By Román Piña Chán
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TIME IN SPIRALS
A photo gallery of fourteen fine Maya pieces found throughout archaeological sites in southeast Mexico during the last ten years.
Photos by José A. Granados
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COPAN: IN THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
The ancient city of Copan (Honduras) was the dwelling of a fabulous dinasty that reigned for centuries.
By Vicente Murphy
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MAYA ARCHITECTURE
A look at Maya constructions, a legacy of this advanced ancient civilization.
By Leonardo Berges
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THE ACANCEH DREAM

A young Mexican archaeologist's dreams came true when she discovered three Maya masks in the vestiges of the pre-Hispanic city of Acanceh, in Yucatan.
By María Teresa Mézquita

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