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MEL lecture series: Marina Aguirre on the Malinaltepec mask

As part of the Merida English Library lecture series, Marina Aguirre explores facts, the intrigues, and the resolutions about a beautiful piece of pre-Columbian art.

INAH exhibits the Maya Codex, the Americas’ oldest existing manuscript

As promised, INAH has put the Mayan Codex on view at the museum of history and archaeology in Mexico City.

Major discovery upends long-held theories about Maya civilization

The largest survey ever made of the Maya region has finally been published.

Mask of Maya ruler Pakal unearthed in Palenque

Archaeologists in Palenque may have gotten the modern world's first glimpse of what a famous Maya king looked like toward the end of his life.

7,000-year-old Mayan civilization remains unearthed and on display

Archaeologists have discovered sets of human remains from early ancestors of the Mayan civilization that could date back as far as 7,000 years.

Treasure trove of Mayan cave paintings discovered in Yucatán

Archaeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi and his team have discovered what could be the most important Mayan cave paintings on the Yucatán Peninsula.

INAH uncovers graves dating back 2,700 years

Archaeologists in Mexico City have discovered 26 graves dating back 2,700 years.

World’s largest 3D archive digitally preserves Chichén Itzá

Now scanned in 3D for posterity, Chichén Itzá and other historic monuments around the world are vulnerable to the ravages of time and an array of disasters.

Scientists recreating virtual 3-D copy of underwater cave in Q. Roo

Scientists around the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast Yucatecan underwater cave — the one where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago. 

2,500-year-old village hid in Tlalpan’s center

A mysterious circle of intertwined human skeletons has been unearthed by archaeologists outside Mexico City.

Scans reveal ‘lost’ ancient Mexican city to rival today’s Manhattan

Another ancient city, Angamuco, has been found in western Mexico, thanks to that handy modern technology known as LIDAR.

Ancient Mayan megalopolis uncovered; has 60,000 structures

Archaeologists in Guatemala have uncovered an unprecedented network of 60,000 ancient Mayan features such as palaces and elevated highways.

A ‘new’ ancient ruin is almost ready for tourists at Kulubá

Visitors will have another archaeological site to explore when a "golden triangle" takes shape in September.

Despite free tickets for locals, revenue rises at archaeological sites

Archaeological sites took in about 4 million pesos more this year as 2017's tourist influx reached record numbers.

Secret passageway discovered under Kukulkán temple

A secret passageway discovered under Temple of Kukulkan in Chichén Itzá could shed new light on ancient Maya beliefs.

Equinox ‘serpent’ at Kukulkan debunked at archaeology conference

Some experts suggest that we've misunderstood the "feathered serpent" illusion all along — or at least over the last several decades.

At Mayapán, 2,000 unexplored structures and 100 cenotes detected

INAH has found unexplored 19 pre-Hispanic sites containing a combined 2,000 structures buried underground at Mayapán.

Historic highs for Yucatán’s tourism sector so far this year

For the first half of this year, Yucatán's tourism sector reports historic highs.

Cenotes displace Mayan ruins as most popular tourist spots

The natural attractions of Yucatán, particularly its cenotes, have become the state's top attractions these days.

Street pavers unearth Mayan artifacts under busy street corner

Street paving was halted when city workers found what appear to be archaeological remains in the Centro.

In historic pink hotel, a much older archaeological find

While renovations creep along at the old Hotel Mérida, a Mayan relic it once displayed will be loaned to the Palacio Cantón for an exhibit.

Serious damage discovered at Dzibilchaltún site

Cracks, fissures and even some detached elements are signs of wear after countless years of exposure to both the elements and to tourists.

Mayan observatory even more ingenious than we thought

The ancient Maya were even more sophisticated in their star-gazing that we have previously thought.

Where did Maya come from? A new theory

An anthropologist has found evidence that challenges established theories about the Maya civilization's connection with the Olmec culture. The truth may be more complicated than researchers thought.