Events and Announcements

February 21, 2018 - Holmul

February 21, 2018 - 6 pm:  IMS Feature Presentation

Secrets of the Black Door: What Were the Ancient Maya Trying to Tell Us?,

A Study of the symbolism on the outside of Building A, Group II at Holmul, Guatemala with IMS Webmaster Keith Merwin.

Black Door at Holmul


The visible portion of Building A, Group II has fascinated researchers since it was first located in 1910. The unusual doorway, known as the Black Door, and the hallway beyond it, as well as the decorations on one of it’s outer walls, hinted to the secrets buried beneath. During the 2013 field season, a rare polychrome-painted stucco frieze was located under the final phase of this structure. This presentation will look into the theory that the design of the final structure and its decorations commemorate the buried phases.



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Ceramic Sequence of the Holmul Region

Callaghan Cover 300dpi Michael Callaghan of the University of Central Florida has co-penned the cover story for the January 2017 IMS Explorer. But this month, his new book has been published by the University of Arizona Press.

The Ceramic Sequence of the Holmul Region, Guatemala

Michael G. Callaghan and Nina Neivens de Estrada

A vital handbook for archaeologists interested in Mesoamerican ceramic typology

Sequencing the ceramics in Guatemala’s Holmul region has the potential to answer important questions in Maya archaeology. The Holmul region, located in northeastern Guatemala between the central Peten lowlands to the west and the Belize River Valley to the east, encompasses roughly ten square kilometers and contains at least seven major archaeological sites, including two large ceremonial and administrative centers, Holmul and Cival. The Ceramic Sequence of the Holmul Region, Guatemala illustrates the archaeological ceramics of these prehistoric Maya sites in a study that provides a theoretical starting point for answering questions related to midand high-level issues of archaeological method and theory in the Maya area and larger Mesoamerica. The researchers’ ceramic sequence, which uses the method of type: variety-mode classification, spans approximately 1,600 years and encompasses nine ceramic complexes and one sub-complex. The highly illustrated book is formatted as a catalog of the types of ceramics in a chronological framework.


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Maya World Images

Maya World ImagesGeorge Fery a long standing member and lecturer of the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, Florida and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, London, U.K. presents


Maya World Images brings you the great past of the Maya and their Neighbors by showing their art, culture and history through photography that, together with field trips spanning over thirty five years, writing about today’s customs and traditions, and interviews with archaeologists working on often remote sites in the gloom of rain forests, will bring the remains of magnificent buildings and works of art, testimonies to outstanding architectural achievements, and the beauty of stones speaking to us from a long lost past.


Harvey Bricker

Harvey Bricker Tulane 2015


It is with deep sorrow that I announce the death of Harvey Bricker. The Institute of Maya Studies extends its heartfelt condolences to Vicki Bricker, and the whole Maya community, especially that of Tulane University. I took this photo of Harvey in 2015 at Tulane's symposium. IMS was lucky that Harvey and Vicki visited us every July for the last few years. We shall miss him.


Marta Barber

and the Institute of Maya Studies Board





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Dr Nicholas Hellmuth and FLAAR present "Pericon: another Marigold species for Day of the Dead in November." This beautiful collection of pictures has been prepared for IMS. The report is available by clicking on the image to the left to open in a new window.

Please visit to check out all the FLAAR reports on botanical research in the "Maya area."







Masterpieces of the Peabody

Harvard University's Peabody Museum has a new online exhibition called "Masterpieces of the Peabody Museum"  Based on a former gallery exhibition, the online exhibition groups selected objects by their geographic origins. The ten artifacts in the "Masterpieces from Mesoamerica" include gold items from Panama, Maya Jade, a Maya wall panel, a vessel from the Puuc region, a carved Peccary Skull from Copan and a Holmul polychrome. Descriptions for the exhibit were written by scholars including Ian Graham, Tatiana Proskouriakoff and Gordon R. Wiley. The Mesoamerica page for the exhibition can be found here.

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thumb APMaudslay_001Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

Biographical sketches of men and women who did much of the early defining
work in Maya studies.

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