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  • Chichen ItzaTemple of Kukulkan
  • David Stuart explains inscriptionsOn site with Maya Field Workshop participants
  • Yucatan CenoteOne of the approximately 30,000 sinkhole wells throughout Yucatan
  • At the Coba BallcourtDavid translates the glyphs at Coba
  • Ek' Balam - AcropolisGuarding the tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok', Divine Lord of Talol, as the kingdom was known in ancient times.
  • David reads a stele at Copan
  • Ek' Balam Hieroglyphic Serpent (East)"...Tuun u k'aba' yehb, The ... Stone is the name of his stairway."
  • David refers to participant workbooksMaya Field Workshop participants have workbooks for analysis while on site.
  • Ek' Balam Sculpture Guarding the Tomb at the Acropolis

Upcoming Workshops in Mexico D.F. and the Peten of Guatemala

New! Tikal, Uaxactun, Rio Azul, Xultun! - March 2019
Itinerary and more details here


Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Cholula, Templo Mayor, Xochimilco, Tula

December 8 - 16, 2018!

Itinerary and more details here

The December 2018 MFW will be our first experience exploring the art and archaeology of central Mexico. Over the course of six days we will take a detailed look at the ancient cultures the Valley of Mexico and adjacent regions, focusing on the latest discoveries and research at Teotihuacan, Tula, Tezcotzingo, Cholula, Cacaxtla and Tenochtitlan. A central theme will be the relationship of the ancient Maya to these highland places and cultures over the course 1000 years. In ancient Mexico-Tenochtitlan -- present day Mexico City -- we will walk among the ruins of the Aztec capital, and delve into the lasting thinking and insights into imperial Aztec art and iconography. 2018 is on the verge of the 500-year anniversary of Hernan Cortes’s arrival in Mexico -- a perfect time to look deeply at the cultural development of ancient Mesoamerica and to trace the beautiful landscape of the Conquest. 




About Maya Field Workshops

These workshops are not week-long traveling tours. Rather, they are an intensive intellectual and cultural experience rooted in one area, allowing you a unique and direct hands-on experience with ancient Mesoamerican civilization.

Dr. David Stuart, the leader of our workshops and classes, has been a key player in the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs. He is the Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at UT-Austin, and is recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. David is the author or co-author of many important books on Maya culture and history, and is now actively working with many field projects in the Maya area.