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Archaeological Sites of the Maya

Guide to the Maya Civilization


Temple of the Jaguars, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Temple of the Jaguars, Chichen Itza, Mexico

Jim Gateley

Archaeological Sites of the Maya

Really the best way to learn about the Maya is to go and visit the archaeological ruins. Many of them are open to the public and have museums and even gift shops on the sites. You can find Maya archaeological sites in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and in several Mexican states.

Major Maya Cities

Belize: Batsu'b Cave, Colha, Minanha, Altun Ha, Caracol, Lamanai, Cahal Pech, Xunantunich

El Salvador: Chalchuapa, Quelepa

Mexico: El Tajin, Mayapan, Cacaxtla, Bonampak, Chichén Itzá, Cobá , Uxmal, Palenque

Honduras: Copan, Puerto Escondido

Guatemala: Kaminaljuyu, La Corona (Site Q), Nakbe, Tikal , Ceibal

More on the Maya

Books on the Maya A collection of reviews of a handful of the recent books on the Maya.

Finding Maya Site Q. Mysterious Site Q was one of the sites referred to on glyphs and temple inscriptions; and researchers believe they have finally located it as the site of La Corona.

Spectacles and Spectators: Walking Tour of Maya Plazas. Although when you visit archaeological ruins of the Maya, you generally look at the tall buildings--but a lot interesting things are to be learned about the plazas, the big open spaces between the temples and palaces at the major Maya cities.

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