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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

Belize in March 2018!


A New Adventure!  Maya Field Workshops in Belize
MARCH 10 - 17 , 2018
This workshop is full! However, 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. 

Our first Maya Field Workshop of 2018 takes us to Belize for the first time. 
We will examine in-depth the archaeology and history of the southeast Maya lowlands, especially the sites of Caracol, Naranjo and their troubled histories with the “Snake Kingdom” (Dzibanche/Calakmul) in the 7
th and 8th centuries. We will explore major sites of the Classic period, some seldom visited by tourists, and discuss the very latest finds. The MFW experience isn't just about visiting ruins – it’s about understanding the very latest insights about the ancient Maya in their own context, fleshing out history and archaeology in a way no classroom or lecture hall can provide. Participants will learn to decode the intricate art and writing of the ancient Maya, opening a new and exciting world of learning and discovery. 
Cahal Pech Village Resort
 Walk to the Village and Site
Colorful and comfortable rooms with access to the pool, restaurants and  conference room for lectures.  Take a stroll into the village for shopping and dining. 
Naranjo  "Glamping" 
A True Jungle Experience

Camping in the Peten!
Carlos Vivar, a native of Uaxactun, Guatemala, has become a dear friend to Maya Field Workshops.  Over the years he has shared his insights into local culture and the natural world of the Maya. Because Naranjo is a challenging destination, he has graciously offered to set up a jungle camp and meals for us for two nights. We will have the opportunity to visit the archeological site as well as experience the jungle up close and personal. We are in good hands!
A New Way to Give Back   -    and Get a Tax Deduction
Supporting Boundary End Center
David and I continue to work to support Boundary End Center, a 501c3 non profit that was founded by our dad, George E. Stuart.  His vision was to provide a gathering place for scholars of Ancient America, publish scholarly work, and support research projects and archives.  Starting next year you will receive a tax deductiion for part of your registration fees.  We are still working out the details but will have plans firmly in place for 2018.  So go ahead and sign up and we will have a donation receipt for you before tax time.  Clink on the Boundary End link below to find out more about what we do.  Contact me for any questions and I'll be happy to try to answer them!  Thank you,  Ann Stuart

David Stuart has been at the forefront of formulating and studying many of these new ideas, and will share his very latest thinking with the workshop participants. To do so we will learn how to read Maya hieroglyphs, decode iconography, and how to apply some of the newest technologies to the study of the ancient Maya.
Join us in Belize and Guatemala for what will prove to be one of the best MFWs ever!


To sign up, click on the registration menu and follow the Belize 2018 menu of your choice (online or by mail.)


Maya Field Workshops are not a week-long traveling tour. Rather, it is an intensive intellectual and cultural experience rooted in one place, allowing you a unique and direct hands-on experience with ancient Maya civilization.

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.

Maya Field Workshops introduce you to the exciting world of Maya archaeology through intensive and fun on-site seminars led by renowned archaeologist David Stuart. We emphasize learning and culture over quick tourism, concentrating our time on learning the archaeology, history and art of single Maya archaeological sites or regions. There's no intellectual experience quite like Maya Field Workshops in the world of archaeological travel.

We take care of everything from when you land at the airport until your departure, so all you have to do is relax and learn - not to mention meet great people, eat delicious food and have lots of fun!