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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 Yucatan 2019 and Peten 2020

New for 2020! La Corona, El Zotz, El Peru, Aguateca, Ceibal, Dos Pilas - the Peten Region of Guatemala 

The 2020 Peten workshop is full! Should vacancies become available please contact Ann Stuart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get on the waiting list. 
La Corona and the Peten 2020 - Itinerary Here


The Rise and Fall of Coba, Ek Balam, and Chichen Itza
November 30 - December 8, 2019

The 2019 Yucatan workshop is full! Should vacancies become available please contact Ann Stuart This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to get on the waiting list. 
 See Yucatan Itinerary Here

Maya Field Workshops are focused, on-site seminars devoted to exploring the world of Maya archaeology, art and epigraphy. Over six days you will become immersed in the history and culture of the ancient Maya, learning directly from one of the leaders in Maya studies, Dr. David Stuart of The University of Texas.

Home Base was the Hacienda Chichen Resort  

Part of each day on our Yucatan trip was spent at archaeological sites, including Coba, Ek Balam and Chichen Itza. There we visited ancient pyramids and royal courts, publicly accessible areas, restricted areas and ongoing excavations when possible. In the afternoons we gathered together in a small workshop to learn how to read the hieroglyphs and delve deeply into the dynastic history and culture of its kings, queens, and courtiers.

Support for Boundary End Center: Part of your workshop fee will be a charitable contribution to Boundary End Center, a 501(c)3 L. The total for your receipt will be calculated and issued before tax time.


Lots of fun amongst the ruins

Activities involved lots more than walking through ruins! Nature and beautiful critters abound as well as great food. (Those beautiful birds are Turquoise-Browed Motmots found at the Hacienda Chichen nature refuge.)

Dinners were enjoyable times for us to celebrate and discuss what we had seen, ponder the new discoveries, and to ask any questions that may have arisen during the day.

The key part of your experience was the chance to learn about ancient Maya civilization in one of its genuine settings, and with enough time to learn and absorb places, ideas and discoveries. There's no other experience like this in the world of archaeological travel.

Past highlights from 2013 workshop: George Stuart explores Balankanche Cave, Yucatan

To give you an idea of the flavor and fun from our trip 6 years ago, we are re-posting a video of the late Dr. George Stuart (David's and Ann's Dad) who presented an excellent lecture recapping his 1959 adventures while exploring the magnificent Balankanche Caves as part of the Maya Field Workshop in Yucatan.This was videotaped at the Hacienda Chichen last December 2013 right before the group toured the actual cave site and saw the amazing “Ceiba Tree” formed by stalactites and stalagmites. (This video was first posted on It's an example of the unique experience of traveling with Mayanists both scholars and serious amateurs.

Early Years at Coba

We are a just a little bit older now but would love to have you be a part of revisiting some of our early years.
In this photo from the mid 1970's David is really wishing he was in the bush looking for new glyphs to decipher, while Ann is already busy taking care of the village animals (she's now an equine veterinarian). Who knew!


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.

About Maya Field Workshops

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.