Holmul Frieze

August 7, 2013 Large stucco frieze found at Holmul

Francisco Estrada-Belli, director of the Holmul Archaeological Project, announced the project had found a stucco frieze measuring roughly 26 feet (8 meters) wide and 6 feet (2 meters) high. The carving is located inside a 20 meter tall pyramid at the Holmul site.

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FEB closeFrancisco Estrada-Belli

Director: The Holmul Archaeological Project

Francisco Estrada-Belli is an Italian-Guatemalan archaeologist affiliated with Boston University and the American Museum of Natural History, who is currently teaching at Tulane University. He received a Ph.D. degree from Boston University in 1998.  Since 2000 he has directed the Holmul Archaeological Project, a multi-disciplinary investigation of early Maya culture in Guatemala.  He is author of numerous scholarly articles on the Maya including the recent book “The First Maya Civilization. Ritual and Power before the Classic period.”  He is a National Geographic explorer, having received 13 research grants from the National Geographic Society, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is co-founder of the Maya Archaeology Initiative, a nonprofit for heritage preservation and education in the Maya Biosphere of Guatemala. (from Boston University site)


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Pioneers in Maya Archaeology


thumb REMerwin 001Raymond Merwin: 1881 - 1928

Submitted by Keith Merwin

Most students of Mesoamerican archaeology would not recognize the name Raymond Merwin. But his work provided a number of firsts in the field. The site he is most identified with Holmul, Guatemala is often shown on maps of sites in the Peten. His excavation work there in 1910 and 1911 was the first stratigraphical study of a Maya ruin and produced the first ceramic sequence. Merwin located the famous twin tower structure at Rio Bec. At Lubaantun he found three round carved stones that he called ball court markers, the first such reference. Yet because of a long illness and early death little about his work was published and he is all but unknown.

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