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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 the Peten of Guatemala

New! Tikal, Uaxactun, Rio Azul, Xultun and the Peten Region of Guatemala

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 New option! Helicopter day visit to El Mirador!

Join us for the March 2019 Maya Field Workshop in Guatemala! We will focus our week of archaeological learning at the great ruins of Tikal, nestled in the remote forest of the northern Peten region. There we will visit temples and palaces, learn about the city’s rise and fall, and how hieroglyphs and decipherment continue to revolutionize our understanding of Maya history and culture.

The MFW will also visit the nearby sites of Uaxactun (birthplace of our internationally known guide, Carlos Vivar) before heading North to the seldom visited Rio Azul and Xultun, where we will camp.

We take a good deal of time in classroom-like environments, learning details about the latest advances in Maya archaeology, art history and decipherment.The MFWs are an immersive, enlightening, and fun experience for everyone.

Come along on for another fabulous adventure!

Tikal: Tales of Ancient War, Conquest and Rebellion

The great capital of Tikal lies at the geographic center of the Maya world, and it played a decisive role in the development of Classic Maya civilization. During the 2014 Maya Field Workshops we visited Tikal and other nearby ruins, exploring their history and archaeology in detail, including many new finds. We’ll examine how a warlord from highland Mexico targeted Tikal and Uaxactun in 378 A.D, overthrowing its kings and establishing a new political order lasting decades.  Join us at these sites on the 2019 Maya Field Workshops for a fascinating adventure and learning experience.

Where we'll go:


Tikal - Few archaeological sites in the world can compare to Tikal. This majestic site, still largely buried in the rain forest, was one of the largest of all Maya cities and the major Classic Maya capital of the central lowlands. Archaeologists began excavating here in the 1950s, and subsequent studies have led to a detailed and nuanced picture of Tikal’s dynastic history and regional interaction with the rest of Mesoamerica. The Maya Field Workshops will spend two days at Tikal, highlighting the very latest discoveries about its connections to Teotihuacan and its long-standing rivalry with its rival, the Kanul court based at Calakmul.

Uaxactun - A short distance north of Tikal is another impressive site, Uaxactun. Here one of the earliest Maya archaeological projects took place in the 1920s, led by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. While it seems to have had close relations with its neighbor Tikal, Uaxactun was evidently the seat of a long-lived royal court with its own kings and dynastic identity. At Uaxactun the MFW will focus on how the goals and methods of Maya archaeology have changed over the last century.

Rio Azul - Camping

Xultun -  San Bartolo 
Please note: San Bartolo Murals. We are very likely to gain access to see the murals. This is a rare opportunity and requires an additional $500 refundable donation for each participant to the San Bartolo Project. Again, this is a charitable contribution and will be made through Boundary End Center.

Flores (Nohpeten) - We end our adventure in Flores, the charming island town that was originally the seat of the Itza kingdom conquered in 1697. The amazing story of its resistance to Spanish domination lasted nearly two centuries. The legacy of this last Maya conquest lives on around Lake Peten Itzá, where we will see the burgeoning development of modern Guatemala directly juxtaposed with ancient and colonial history.

 Full itinerary here.

Part of your 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.


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.