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: http://www.mayawoerterbuch.de, 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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Name
Alternative name
Acronym Country
Area
Tortuguero, El
TRT Mexico
Tabasco
Tamarindito
TAM Guatemala
Petén
Pusilha
Chumucha
PUS Belize
Toledo
Copan
CPN Honduras
Copán
Uxul
UXL Mexico
Campeche
Palenque
Otulum
PAL Mexico
Chiapas
Cueva de Galon
Cueva de las Pinturas = Cobanerita
CVG Guatemala
Petén
Abra, El
ABR Honduras
Copán
Tak'alik Ab'aj
Abaj Takalik = Takalik Abaj = San Isidro Piedra Parada
ABJ Guatemala
Retalhuleu
Acanceh
ACC Mexico
Yucatán
Acanmul
ACN Mexico
Campeche
Acasaguastlan
San Agustin Acasaguastlan = Guaytan
Guatemala
El Progreso
Acte
Acté = Akte
ACT Guatemala
Petén
Actun Balam
Belize
Cayo
Actun Chapat
ACP Belize
Cayo
Actun Ch'on
Actun Chon = Actun Chón
ATC Mexico
Yucatán
Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Mucnal = Tunichil Muknal
ATM Belize
Cayo
Actuncan
Actun Can
ATU Belize
Cayo
Aguacate
AGA Guatemala
Petén
Aguas Calientes
AGC Guatemala
Petén
Aguateca
AGT Guatemala
Petén
Akalpeten
Mexico
Campeche
Ake
AKE Mexico
Yucatán
Aktun Uxil
Cueva de las Tres Marias = Uxil
Mexico
Yucatán
Aktun Xch'omil Ch'en
Actun Xch'omil Ch'en = Actun Xch'omil = Xch'omil Ch'en
Mexico
Yucatán
Aktunkin
Mexico
Campeche
Akumal
Ocumal
AKM Mexico
Quintana Roo
Alacranes, Los
ALC Mexico
Campeche
Almuchil
AMC Mexico
Campeche
Altamira
Alta Mira
ALM Mexico
Campeche
Altamirano
N/A
N/A
Altar de los Reyes
ALR Mexico
Campeche
Altar de Sacrificios
ALS Guatemala
Petén
Altun Ha
Altun-Ha
ALH Belize
Belize
Alvaro Obregon
Álvaro Obregón = Alvaro Obregón = Obregón
OBR Mexico
Tabasco
Amelia, La
AML Guatemala
Petén
Amparo, El
AMP Mexico
Chiapas
Anayte'
ANY Mexico
N/A
Angeles, Los
Los Ángeles
Mexico
Campeche
Anonal
ANL Guatemala
Petén
Arroyo de Piedra
Arroyo Piedra = Dos Piedras
ARP Guatemala
Petén
Bajo de la Joventud
Bajo Juventud
Guatemala
Petén
Baking Pot
BKP Belize
Cayo
Bakna
BKN Mexico
Campeche
Balakbal
BLK Mexico
Campeche
Balamku
BAL Mexico
Campeche
Balamtun
BLM Guatemala
Petén
Becan
BCN Mexico
Campeche
Bedrock
Belize
Orange Walk
Bejucal
BJC Guatemala
Petén
Bellote (Island)
El Bellote
BLL Mexico
Tabasco
Bilimkok
BMK Mexico
Campeche
Blackman Eddy
BED Belize
Cayo
Blue Creek
Belize
Orange Walk
Bonampak
BPK Mexico
Chiapas
Buenavista del Cayo
Buenavista de Cayo = Buenavista
BVC Belize
Cayo
Bugambilias
Mexico
Quintana Roo
Caactun
CAA Mexico
Yucatán
Cahal Pech
CLP Belize
Cayo
Calakmul
CLK Mexico
Campeche
Camalote Dolores, El
El Camalote = El Camalote/Dolores
CAD Guatemala
Petén
Canancax
CNX Mexico
Chiapas
Cancuen
CNC Guatemala
Petén
Cap'eldzibtunichna
CDZ Mexico
Campeche
Caracol
CRC Belize
Cayo
Cayo, El
CAY Mexico
Chiapas
Chacmultun
CHM Mexico
Yucatán
Chactun
Mexico
Campeche
Champerico
CHP Mexico
Campeche
Chapatengo
Mexico
Chiapas
Acum
Mexico
Yucatán
Actun Dzib
Actun Tz'iib = Actun Tz'ib
Belize
Toledo
Cheyokolna
Mexico
Campeche
Chiapa de Corzo
CPC Mexico
Chiapas
Chicanna
CHC Mexico
Campeche
Chichen Itza
CHN Mexico
Yucatán
Chicozapote, El
CZP Mexico
Chiapas
Chilonche, El
Chilonche
CHT Guatemala
Petén
Chinikiha
CNK Mexico
Tabasco
Chinkultic
CKL Mexico
Chiapas
Chochkitam
Tzotzkitam = Chochquitan = Chosquitan = BA-25
CKM Guatemala
Petén
Chorro, El
San Lucas
CRO Guatemala
Petén
Chunhuitz
CNZ Guatemala
Petén
Cival
Sibal
CVL Guatemala
Petén
Coba
Nohoch Mul
COB Mexico
Quintana Roo
Comalcalco
CML Mexico
Tabasco
Corona, La
CRN Guatemala
Petén
Cueva de la Virgencita
Mexico
Campeche
Cuychen
CUY Belize
Cayo
Dos Caobas
DCB Mexico
Chiapas
Dos Pilas
Dos Pozos
DPL Guatemala
Petén
Dzehkabtun
DZK Mexico
Campeche
Dzibilchaltun
DBC Mexico
Yucatán
Dzibilnocac
DBN Mexico
Campeche
Dzilam
Dzilam Gonzalez
DZL Mexico
Yucatán
Edzna
Etzna
ETZ Mexico
Campeche
Ek Balam
Ek' Balam = Ek' B'ahlam = Ekbalam
EKB Mexico
Yucatán
Encanto, El
ENC Guatemala
Petén
Excavado, El
EXC Guatemala
Petén
Flores
Noj Peten
FLS Guatemala
Petén
Florida, La
Ocultun = La Florida-Namaan = El Naranjo-Frontera
FLD Guatemala
Petén
Gallinero, El
GAL Mexico
Campeche
Hacienda Hotzuc
Hotzuc
HTZ Mexico
Yucatán
Halakal
HLK Mexico
Yucatán
Hobomo
Xobomo
HBM Mexico
Campeche
Hochob
HCH Mexico
Campeche
Xcalumkin
Holactun = Yokactun
XLM Mexico
Campeche
Holmul
La Riverita
HLM Guatemala
Petén
Honradez, La
Corozalón
HRZ Guatemala
Petén
Hormiguero
HRM Mexico
Campeche
Huacutal
Aguacatal
HUA Guatemala
Petén
Hun Nal Ye
Hun-Nal-Ye
Guatemala
Alta Verapaz
Huntichmul
Huntichmul I
HNT Mexico
Yucatán
Ichmul
Ichmul de Morley = Kumche
ICL Mexico
Yucatán
Ikil
Iki
IKL Mexico
Yucatán
Itzan
ITN Guatemala
Petén
Itzimte-Bolonchen
Itzimte = Bolonchen
ITB Mexico
Campeche
Ixkun
IXK Guatemala
Petén
Ixlu
IXL Guatemala
Petén
Jolja
Ixtelha = Cueva de Jolja = Joloniel = Jolja'
JOL Mexico
Chiapas
Ixtutz
IXZ Guatemala
Petén
Jaina
Island of Jaina = Isla de Jaina
JAI Mexico
Campeche
Jimbal
Bambunal
JMB Guatemala
Petén
Joyanca, La
JOY Guatemala
Petén
Kabah
KAB Mexico
Yucatán
Kaminaljuyu
KJU Guatemala
Guatemala
Kendal
KEN Belize
Stann Creek
Kichpanha
KIP Belize
Orange Walk
Kinal
Las Ruinas
KNL Guatemala
Petén
Kiuic
Kiwick = Kewick
KUC Mexico
Yucatán
Labna
LAB Mexico
Yucatán
Lacanha
Lacanja = Lacanha Kuna = Nak Balum Winik
LAC Mexico
Chiapas
Laguna Perdida II
Laguna Perdida
LGP Guatemala
Petén
Lamanai
LMN Belize
Orange Walk
Lashtunich
Laxtunich = Lamb Site = Site R
LTI Guatemala
Petén
Loltun
LOL Mexico
Yucatán
Lubaantun
LBT Belize
Toledo
Machaquila
MQL Guatemala
Petén
Mameyal, El
MAM Mexico
Campeche
Manantial, El
Corosal = Corozal = El Tablero = Ch'anal
MAN Guatemala
Petén
Mar, La
Rabbit Stone
MAR Mexico
Chiapas
Mayapan
MPN Mexico
Yucatán
Meco, El
MEC Mexico
Quintana Roo
Milpa, La
MLP Belize
Orange Walk
Mirador, El
MRD Guatemala
Petén
Montura, La
Kinin = La Monturita
MTR Guatemala
Petén
Monumento 104
Aguada Cancuen
Mexico
Campeche
Moral
Morales = Balancan = Balancan-Morales = Moral-Reforma = Acalan
MRL Mexico
Tabasco
Motul de San Jose
Motul
MTL Guatemala
Petén
Mountain Cow
Tzimin Tunich = Tzimin Kax / Haatzcab Ceel = Hatzcab Ceel = Hatzcap Ceel / Cahal Cunil / Cahal Pichik
MCW Belize
Cayo
Muñeca, La
Xamantun = El Mirador = La Gran Parada
MCA Mexico
Campeche
Naachtun
Infiernon = La Ruinosa
NCT Guatemala
Petén
Nadzcaan
Nadz Caan = Nadzcàan = Nadzca'an
NDZ Mexico
Campeche
Naj Tunich
Najtunich
NTN Guatemala
Petén
Nakbe
Zacatal
NKB Guatemala
Petén
Nakum
Nacun = Nakcun = Nakúm
NKM Guatemala
Petén
Naranjo
Manantial
NAR Guatemala
Petén
Nadzbeiltun
Mexico
Campeche
Naya, La
NAY Guatemala
Petén
Nim Li Punit
Nimli Punit
NMP Belize
Toledo
Nohmul
NHM Belize
Orange Walk
Nohpat
NPT Mexico
Yucatán
Ojo de Agua
Ojos de Agua
OAG Mexico
Chiapas
Ojo de Agua
OJO Mexico
Campeche
Okop
Yo'okop = La Aguada
OKP Mexico
Quintana Roo
Oxkintok
OXK Mexico
Yucatán
Oxpemul
OXP Mexico
Campeche
Pabellón, El
PAB Mexico
Chiapas
Pacbitun
Pakbitun
PAC Belize
Cayo
Palmar, El
PLM Mexico
Campeche
Pasadita, La
PSD Guatemala
Petén
Pasión del Cristo
PCR Mexico
Campeche
Peru, El
Waka'
PRU Guatemala
Petén
Pestac
PST Mexico
Chiapas
Piedras Negras
PNG Guatemala
Petén
Pistolas
PIT Mexico
Quintana Roo
Pixoy
PIX Mexico
Campeche
Plan de Ayutla
Sak Tz'i'
PAY Mexico
Chiapas
Playa del Carmen
PLC Mexico
Quintana Roo
Pochitoca, La
PCT Guatemala
Petén
Pol Box
Mexico
Quintana Roo
Pomona
PMB Belize
Stann Creek
Pomona
PMT Mexico
Tabasco
Pomuch
Pokmuch = Tixpokmuch
PMC Mexico
Campeche
Pook's Hill
PKH Belize
Cayo
Portón, El
PRT Guatemala
Baja Verapaz
Pottery Hill Cave
Belize
Cayo
Primera Seccion Benemerito de las Americas
Mexico
Chiapas
Puente, El
PUT Honduras
Copán
Punta Chimino
Punta de Chimino
PCH Guatemala
Petén
Quirigua
QRG Guatemala
Izabal
Reinado, El
Ni'tuunal
Guatemala
Petén
Rejolla, La
La Rejoya
REJ Guatemala
Petén
Resbalon, El
RSB Mexico
Quintana Roo
Rey, El
REY Mexico
Quintana Roo
Río Amarillo
RAM Honduras
Copán
Río Azul
Ixcanrío = Las Gardenias
RAZ Guatemala
Petén
Río Bec
Rio Bec = Ixtinta
RBC Mexico
Campeche
Sabana Piletas
Savana Xpilha = Chuhe
Mexico
Yucatán
Sacnicte
Sac Nicté = Sanacte = Sannacte
SNT Mexico
Yucatán
Sacul
SCU Guatemala
Petén
Salinas de los Nueve Cerros
SAL Guatemala
Alta Verapaz
San Bartolo
SBR Guatemala
Petén
San Clemente
Chichantun
SCM Guatemala
Petén
San Diego
SDG Guatemala
Petén
San Diego Becanchen
San Diego de Becanchen = San Diego bei Becanchen = San Diego Buenavista
SDB Mexico
Yucatán
San Gervasio
SNG Mexico
Quintana Roo
San Joaquín
San Joaquín I
SJQ Mexico
Campeche
San Lorenzo
SLM Mexico
Campeche
San Simon Pueblo
San Simon = Hacienda San Simon
SSM Mexico
Yucatán
Santa Bárbara
Santa Bárbara, Campeche = Santa Barbara (Paraiso) = Santa Barbara (Yucatán) [Hacienda Paraiso] = El Paraíso = Hunanhil
SBB Mexico
Yucatán
Santa Elena Balancan
SEB Mexico
Tabasco
Santa Elena Poco Uinic
Poco Uinic
SEP Mexico
Chiapas
Santa Rita Corozal
Santa Rita
SRC Belize
Corozal
Santa Rosa Xtampak
Santa Rosa Xlabpak
SRX Mexico
Campeche
Santo Domingo
SDM Guatemala
Petén
Sayil
SAY Mexico
Yucatán
Seibal
El Ceibal = Sactankiki = Saxtanquiqui
SBL Guatemala
Petén
Siho
SHO Mexico
Yucatán
Sisilha
Sisila
SIS Mexico
Campeche
Sufricaya, La
El Güiro
SUF Guatemala
Petén
Tabasqueño, El
TBS Mexico
Campeche
Tancah
TAN Mexico
Quintana Roo
Tayasal
Taizá = Taitzá = Noj Peten
TSL Guatemala
Petén
Techoh
Tecoh
TCH Mexico
Yucatán
Xcanlol
X'canlol = Flor de Mayo
Mexico
Yucatán
Temblor, El
TMB Guatemala
Petén
Tikal
Mutul
TIK Guatemala
Petén
Tintal
TNT Guatemala
Petén
Tipan Chen Uitz
TCU Belize
Cayo
Tohcok
TCK Mexico
Campeche
Tonala
TNL Mexico
Chiapas
Tonina
Aharicab = Tulhá = Tonila = Ocosingo = San Carlos
TNA Mexico
Chiapas
Topoxte
TPX Guatemala
Petén
Tres Islas
TRS Guatemala
Petén
Tulum
TUL Mexico
Quintana Roo
Tunkuyi
TUN Mexico
Campeche
Tz'ibatnah
Guatemala
Petén
Tzibanche
Dzibanche
TZB Mexico
Quintana Roo
Tzimin Che
Belize
Toledo
Tzocchen
Dzocchen = Tzochcen = Dzotchen = Tzotchen
TZC Mexico
Campeche
Tzum
TZM Mexico
Campeche
Uaxactun
Bambonal = San Leandro
UAX Guatemala
Petén
Uaymil
Huaymil = Guaymil = Isla Uaymil = Uaymitun
UYM Mexico
Campeche
Ucanal
Yokanal
UCN Guatemala
Petén
Ukum
UKM Mexico
Yucatán
Uolantun
UOL Guatemala
Petén
Uxbenka
UXB Belize
Toledo
Uxmal
Ushmal
UXM Mexico
Yucatán
Wakahtal
Güiro
WKT Guatemala
Petén
X'Burrotunich
Xburrotunich
XBR Mexico
Yucatán
X'Castillo
Castillo Pak
XCS Mexico
Yucatán
Xcakochna
Mexico
Yucatán
Xcambo
XCM Mexico
Yucatán
Xcanaheleb
X Cana Heleb
XCH Mexico
Yucatán
Xcaret
XCT Mexico
Quintana Roo
Xchan
XCN Mexico
Campeche
Xcocha
XCA Mexico
Campeche
Xcochkax
Xkochkax
XCK Mexico
Campeche
Xcorralche
Xcoralche = Pich Corralche = X Corralche = Tabi
XCR Mexico
Yucatán
Xcucsuc
Xcuksuc
XCU Mexico
Campeche
Xculoc
XCL Mexico
Campeche
Xelha
Xel-ha
XLH Mexico
Quintana Roo
Xkalachetzimin
Xcalachetzimin
XKA Mexico
Campeche
Xkichmook
Xkichmol
XKM Mexico
Yucatán
Xkipche
Cibche = Pozo Cibiche
Mexico
Yucatán
Xkombec
Xcombec = Xumbec
XKB Mexico
Campeche
Xkukican
X-Kukican
XKK Mexico
Yucatán
Xmakabatun
Xmacabatun = Piedras Negras
XMK Guatemala
Petén
Xnaheb
Xnaheb Ahse Enel
XNH Belize
Toledo
Xnucbec
San Andres
XNC Mexico
Yucatán
Xpuhil II
Xpujil
XPH Mexico
Campeche
Xpulyaxche
Pakchen
XPL Mexico
Campeche
Xtablakal
Xtabla
XTB Mexico
Yucatán
Xtelhu
XTH Mexico
Yucatán
Xuelen
XUE Mexico
Campeche
Xul
XLY Mexico
Yucatán
Xultun
El Delirio = Los Tambos
XUL Guatemala
Petén
Xunantunich
Benque Viejo = Mount Maloney
XUN Belize
Cayo
Xupa
XUP Mexico
Chiapas
Xutilha
XTL Guatemala
Petén
Yaxhom
Yaaxhom
YXM Mexico
Yucatán
Yakalmai
YAK Mexico
Campeche
Yakalxiu
YKL Mexico
Yucatán
Yaleltsemen
YLS Mexico
Chiapas
Yalcabakal
YLC Mexico
Campeche
Yaltutu
Yaltatu = Yaltitud
YLT Guatemala
Petén
Yaxche Xlabpak
YXX Mexico
Campeche
Yaxchilan
Menche = Menche Tinamit = La Ville Lorillard = Lorillard City = Lorillard Town = Usumacinta
YAX Mexico
Chiapas
Yaxcopoil
YXP Mexico
Yucatán
Yaxha
Yaxhá = Yaxjá = Ya'axjá
YXH Guatemala
Petén
Yaxuna
YXN Mexico
Yucatán
Yohom
YOH Mexico
Campeche
Yula
Ula
YUL Mexico
Yucatán
Yumkax
YUM Mexico
Yucatán
Zacatal, El
Mexico
Campeche
Zacpeten
Sacpeten = Sakpeten
ZPT Guatemala
Petén
Zaculeu
ZAC Guatemala
Huehuetenango
Zapote Bobal
Hixwitz = Hix Witz
ZPB Guatemala
Petén
Zapote, El
ZAP Guatemala
Petén
Zotz, El
Xinoxultún = Dos Aguadas = El Diablo = El Sotz
ZTZ Guatemala
Petén
Eduardo Quiroz Cave
Belize
Cayo
Achiotal, El
Guatemala
Petén
Altamira
ALT Mexico
Chiapas
Dzibanmac
Mexico
Campeche
Tecolote
Guatemala
Petén
San Joaquín II
Mexico
Campeche
Xulha
XLA Mexico
Quintana Roo
Kohunlich
KOH Mexico
Quintana Roo
Actun Neko
Belize
Cayo
Ka’kabish
Ka'Kabish
Belize
Orange Walk
Tz'unun
TZU Belize
Orange Walk