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.




 Holmul site map


(Above) Preliminary site map of Holmul from survey by Marc Wolf, Jason González, and Francisco Estrada-Belli.




 IMS Feb21 Merwin MDC



The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place at 6 p.m. in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on mdc.com or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.



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thumb APMaudslay_001Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

Biographical sketches of men and women who did much of the early defining
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