In addition to recording the actual textual information, the project is also documenting further parameters for structuring the corpus database as part of its efforts to create a lexical database of Classic Mayan. These parameters include, for example, the sites of discovery or museum collections with text carriers, a concordance of sign catalogs, an epigraphic and archaeological bibliography, among other aids.

These lists will be made available online over the course of the project and expanded and updated on a continual basis, making all of the data completely available via Open Access. In addition to a convenient search function, we offer the possibility of exporting the data in various formats.

Archaeological Sites

Archaeological Sites with Maya Inscriptions

The working list, sorted by site name, primarily encompasses the archaeological sites in Mesoamerica where Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions have been discovered and verifiably documented over the course of archaeological survey and excavations.

It constitutes the foundation of the inscription inventory that the Bonn project team is currently preparing and that will also be published and maintained on the project website as a separate, dynamic working list. With these materials, the project offers an overview of the documented sites that also indicates the text carriers found at each location.

The working list with the names of the sites is a “liquid document”. It presently comprises over 500 entries that are currently being edited and prepared for online publication on this website. This database-based publication form is dynamic and has the advantage over printed site lists that newly discovered ruins with inscriptions can immediately be entered into the site database, thus allowing the working list to be constantly updated.

For the sake of its sustainable use and long-term storage, the most recent version of this “liquid document” will be published in print at regular intervals as part of the project’s annual report. For each site, not only will sources be cited (personal communications, bibliographic and internet references, maps etc.), but essential metadata will also be documented, for example the preferred name for the site, alternative designations or spellings, abbreviations, geographic coordinates and additional references. Our metadata concept will be introduced below.

The sites themselves are indicated in Google Maps using geographic coordinates, if known. The research data themselves are in the public domain and will be made available under the CC BY license.

More about our concept for the archaeological sites and metadata.

To the list of archaeological sites…

Please use the following citation when referencing the Archaeological Sites list:

Christian Prager, Sven Gronemeyer, Elisabeth Wagner, Mallory Matsumoto and Nikolai Kiel

2014- A Checklist of Archaeological Sites with Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. Published on:, last accessed on: 29.7.2014.

Unless stated otherwise, all illustrations of archaeological sites are by project members and are subject to CC BY 4.0.

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Archaeological Site Concept and Meta Data

We would like to introduce our inventory with an initial discussion of the term “site” itself, which we understand to be a terminus technicus in the context of this project. The history and significance of previous lists of sites at which inscriptions were discovered will thereafter be highlighted, because they constitute the conceptual templates for the working list to be introduced here, whose structure and metadata fields will presented in conclusion.

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Museums and Collections

Museums and Collections with Maya Inscriptions

In addition to the buildings and monuments at the sites themselves, the numerous objects that were recovered there and are now housed in museums and collections constitute a critical source for compiling the inventory of Maya inscriptions that is, in turn, necessary for constructing the corpus database.

The following is intended to make available for search a list of all collections of Maya objects in museums and archaeological sites that are accessible to researchers and interested members of the public. The list is not static; rather, it will be continually updated and expanded. The most recent changes may be found on the right-hand side of the page, including the date of the most recent update to each record.

In addition, visitors to this website are invited to report new museums or collections, as well as corrections, changes, or updates to museums that are already listed, in order that this information may then be incorporated into the list or existing records may be updated, as the case may be.

Besides name and location, the list includes also contact information for the relevant museum and, if existent, information concerning its online presence, with links to its website and social media channels. To aid further searches, direct links to the museum’s catalogs and database with inventories of Maya objects are also given, if available.

When possible, the IDs from Geonames, as well as the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) and the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) are given for precise georeferencing. A map (Google Maps) showing the exact location of the relevant museum or collection is also given for each record.

Access the Museum List…

Please use the following citation when referencing the Museums and Collections list:

Elisabeth Wagner, Mallory Matsumoto, Nikolai Kiel and Sven Gronemeyer

2014- A Checklist of Museums with Maya Art. Published on:, last accessed on: 29.7.2014.

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