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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

Palenque in December 2017 and Belize in March 2018!


Including Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak and Tonina!
December 9 - 17, 2017 

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Belize 2018

Maya Field Workshop in Belize March 10 -18 2018 

Including visits to: 

Cahal Pech






Our spring 2018 Maya Field Workshop will focus for the first time on the major kingdoms of Belize and the eastern Petén. Over the course of six days we will visit Caracol and Naranjo, two dynastic powerhouses of Classic Maya civilization, as well as a number of other nearby ruins that at one time or another were allied with these great centers, such as Xunantunich, Nakum, Cahal Pech, and Lamanai.

In very recent years this entire region has proved vital for revealing new insights into the nature of ancient Maya political history and its changes over the centuries. The area was a crossroads for shifting alliances between rival kingdoms, with Tikal and Kaanul (Dzibanche and Calakmul) controlling many of the networks in the 7th, 8th and 9th.
We will examine the newest archaeological and textual finds at these sites, and put them in broader historical and archaeological context.
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!