November 21, 20012
Mike Ruggeri has updated his Olmec page. This is now a comprehensive resource with many links to information on Olmec archaeology and culture
Some very remarkable new images of the Bonampak murals, now under restoration are available.
November 10, 2009
MSNBC Cosmoc Lab has photos and drawings of new murals uncovered at Calakmul.
Feb 10 2008
Geoff Mccafferty of U. Calgary has posted an account of his current fieldwork at Santa Isabel, Nicaragua with many photos of the site, staff and operations.
December 28 2007
David Hixon,s site has excellent photo coverage of several Mesoamerican city centers.
December 28, 2007
Yahoo News reports August, 2007, discovery of a previously unknown pyramid in the Tlatelolco District of Mexico City. It apperas to predate 1325, the conventional foundation date for Aztec Tenochtitlan and therefore may mean that Azted occupation of this area is earlier than previously thought .
November 5, 2007
Many articles in current and previous issues of the journal Mexicon are now accessible on line and available as down-loads.
October 11, 2007
The 2008 CAA meeting will be held at Trent University May 7-11. I draw your attention the the Mesoamerican session titled Archaeology of Ancient Mesoamerica and Lower Central America. This session examines recent Canadian (and international) archaeological investigations of the complex Pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras, and El Salvador) and Lower Central America (eastern Honduras and El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama). Themes include (but are not limited to) settlement, art and architecture, economics (e.g., exchange, subsistence), religion and ritual, socio-political structure, technology (e.g. ceramics, lithics, craft production), maritime adaptations, bioarchaeology, and zooarchaeology.
for details go to www.tuarc.trentu.ca/caa/ . Submit titles and abstracts at email@example.com .
March 14, 2007
Arizona State University has posted an excellent report on investigations of ancient houses at the Matlatzinco culture site of Calixtlahuaca, mexico.
November 21, 2006
A splendid example of ancient Maya polychrome stucco work can be seen in a recent famsi posting.
September 18, 2006
Recent discoveries at the Maya site of Cival in the Peten district of Guatemala throw new light on early developments.
November 9, 2005
Canadian zooarchaeologist Kitty F. Emery has posted a report on Animals and Ritual in the Copan Acropolis.
August 24, 2005
Information on the University of Calgary Naachtun Archaeological Project, directed by Kathryn Reese-Taylor and Peter L. Mathews is available on their project website http://www.ucalgary.ca/~naachtun.
July 6, 2005
FAMSI (Foundation for Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies has recently published an informative account of excavtions in a "palace" structure at the Maya site of Xunantunich in Belize.
June 17, 2005
Ancient Maya information using GIS (Geographic Information System) is now available via the Electronic Atlas of Ancient Maya Sites.
Finds in Belize document Late Classic Maya salt making and canoe transport. Article by Heather McKillop, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, April 12, 2005, Vol 102. A brief abstract can be viewed at the pnas wed site; click on "archives"; click on the April 5 issue; enter "McKillop" in the search window.
December 16, 2004
A report of summer 2000 fieldwork at the Maya site of Chac (Chac II) directed by Michael P. Smith is available on the Famsi website. Among other things findings demonstrate a Teotihuacan influence during the years 300-600 A.D. For the full text, click here.
December 3, 2004
Arizona State University has posted new discoveries at the Moon Pyramid, Teotihuacan, suggesting contacts with Classic Maya civilization in the mid. 4th century, that is, shortly before very strong Teotihuacan materials appear at Tikal. For more detail click here.
September 13, 2004
For news of geoff McCafferty's latest Nicaragua fieldwork click here.
An interactive archaeological project at the northern Guatemalan site of Waka, better known as El Peru provides information about an ancient Maya centre that was located between Tikal and Calakmul.
April 4, 2003
Justin Kerr has recently posted images of an inscribed conch shell on the Famsi website. He is unsure whether it is genuine or a recent fake. To see if you can tell, go to Famsi site, click on Kerr Photographs, then on Precolumbian Portfolio and then enter the number 7718 in the search window.
April 3 2003
The 2003 Chacmool Conference, titled "Flowing Through Time" will be held in Calgary, Canada, November 12-16, 2003. The 2003 conference will focus on humans anda their aquatic environment.. More information is available at http://www.arky.ucalgary.ca/arky1/conferencemainpage.htm
March 10, 2003
A Houston Chronicle Special Report details forest clearing in the Lacandon Maya area
January 20, 2003. A very informative article by Kathryn Reese-Taylor, Peter Mathews, Marc Zender and Ernesto Arredondo Leiva, on the ancient Maya city of Naachtun in Guatemala is now available. Also included are numerous links to related information.
November 5, 2002. In July Nicholas Dunning and Vernon Scarborough , University of Cincinati, posted results of bajo studies in the Southern Lowland Maya area suggesting that land clearance for farming may have contributed to the silting up of the bajos (seasonal swamps) and that this could have contributed to the abandonment of major urban centres such as Tikal and Mirador.
In August of this year a new carved stone tablet was discovered in Temple XXI at Palenque. The tablet shows a court scene and includes a heiroglyphic text that throws new light on dynastic history a the site.
Federico Fahsen, archaeologist with the Insitituto de Antropologia e Historia, Guatemala, has recently posted a detailed account of Hierogglyphic Stair Two at Dos Pilas, Guatemala, that includes much information about interactions between Tikal, Calakmul and Dos Pilas.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies has recently posted a brief but informative item on reading the Mixtec codices. To see it click on the Pohl icon in their homepage at Http://www.famsi.org/index.html.
David Hixson has recently posted a series of stunning images of stucco work at Ek Balam in Yucatan.
Some very exciting discoveries have been made recently in the south part of the Cross Group. See Precolumbian Art Research Institute in San Francisc
Excavations in the Ciudadela conducted during the last decade have produced important new information which shows that human sacrifice was much more common at Teotihuacan than had previously been thought. Current work in the Temple of the Moon has uncovered at five structures earlier and much smaller that the one now visible. More detail is available at http://archaeology.la.asu.edu/teo.
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