Archaeological Sites Background Bibliography

The Maya were concerned with creating monumental ceremonial spaces, often astronomically aligned, within which ritual and political theater could take place.

This website was begun after my first visit to the Yucatan in 1995, and is an attempt to share photos and impressions of that astonishing ancient architecture which I had the privilege to see.

I tried to build navigation paths through the photos which would reinforce spatial relationships and give a sense of place. The organization of this site mimics my own use of maps and old books as I tried to figure out where I had been and what I had seen.

I enjoyed letting the old explorers and archaeologists speak in their own voices about the places I had seen. Wherever possible, their original engravings, diagrams, and expedition photos have been included.

The modern photos presented here were taken during six trips I made to Mexico & Central America from 1995 to 2004.

Marion Canavan organized all six trips represented in this website -- to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, and is often asked for advice about travel in the area. She unhesitantly recommends the services of Ecoturismo Yucatan for their honesty, integrity, and respect for the Maya and the environment. Owned by native Yucatecan Alfonso Escobedo, the

company was founded in 1989 to promote responsible tourism and increase awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural and natural heritage of the Yucatan Peninsula.

I hope you enjoy your visit to!