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.