The Neria Collection, Uaxactún, Guatemala: Volume 1

We end 2021 and begin 2022 with an exciting new Research Contribution: the first volume of La Colección del Museo Dr. Juan Antonio Valdes, Uaxactún, Guatemala, which provides photo documentation and data for nearly half of the almost 600 Maya objects in the Dr. Juan Antonio Valdes Museum. David Lebrun and Rosie Guthrie have created a film clip for the blog to share the story of the museum’s founder and caretaker, Neria Herrera, which we hope you will enjoy as well.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Research Contribution 11: La Colección del Museo Dr. Juan Antonio Valdes, Vol. 1, Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

A Catalog of Non-Maya Glyphs at Chichen Itza

The most recent contribution is a catalog of non-Maya glyphs from the site of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico. It is the second iteration of a project began by Bruce in 2010, with the assistance of the late Peter Schmidt. This updated version, like the original, is offered without interpretation so that it can be of use to a range of researchers. We hope the digital format will allow for wide distribution and easy navigation of this unusual body of hieroglyphs.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Research Contribution 10: A Catalog of Non-Maya Glyphs at Chichen Itza, assembled by Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Petén Miscellanea: Monuments from Five Sites

Corpus Volume 11 presents 10 monuments from around Lake Petén Itzá, only one of which is in situ. Three of the monuments are in the central park or plaza on the island of Flores, three are in front of the town hall of San Andrés on the western edge of the lake, three are in a rustic wooden enclosure at a highway intersection (entronque) in the town of Ixlu on the eastern edge of the lake (where the north-south road to Tikal meets the east-west road from Belize), and one is in the site of Ixlu itself, near to that intersection.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Corpus Volume 11: Petén Miscellanea: Monuments from Five Sites

Kaminaljuyu, Sculptures 10 and 65, MUNAE, Guatemala

Corpus Volume 10 consists of two monuments from Kaminaljuyu that are currently on display at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MUNAE) in Guatemala City. The photographs were made by Bruce Love and illustrations by Lucia R. Henderson.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Corpus Volume 10: Kaminaljuyu, Sculptures 10 and 65, MUNAE, Guatemala

Additional Sources for the Ichmul de Morley Panels

Dear readers,

Shortly after publishing Research Contribution 9, follower and supporter Karl-Herbert Mayer brought to our attention that Teobert Maler had visited Ichmul and photographed Panel 1 and Panel 2 in the late 19th and/or early 20 century, quite some time earlier than Sylvanus Morley. Thanks to Karl’s lead, and with Bill Ringle’s help, Maler’s photographs of the Ichmul panels have been found and are, in fact, available to download at Greg Smith’s revised Research Contribution 9 is now posted in place of the original.

Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein, Publishers
Contributions to Mesoamerican Studies

Research Contribution 9: The History of the Ichmul de Morley Ballplayer Panels, by J. Gregory Smith



Ichmul de Morley, Panels 1 and 2

Research Contribution 9 and Corpus Volume 9 are here published simultaneously; both are about the carved stone panels known as Ichmul de Morley Panels 1 and 2. The Research Contribution, by Gregory Smith, details the early history of the discovery of the panels by Sylvanus Morley and their subsequent documentation, while the Corpus Volume presents recent photographs and drawings of them by Bruce Love.

Corpus Volume 9: Ichmul de Morley, Yucatán, Mexico

Research Contribution 9: The History of the Ichmul de Morley Ballplayer Panels, by J. Gregory Smith

Planchón del Rey (San Diego Cliff Face), Petén, Guatemala

Corpus Volume 8 presents a single monument, an Early Classic period relief carving, three meters tall, high on a limestone escarpment that overlooks a major (though unrecorded) archaeological site about halfway along the paved highway connecting La Libertad and El Ceibo, Petén. The project was facilitated by the alcalde of the municipio of La Libertad, where I had photographed the Itzimte stelae in 2016 that constituted our Corpus Volume 7.

When I returned to La Libertad in April 2019, again with Bernie Mittelstaedt as my guide and co-worker, I brought two plaques showing the Itzimte stelae as gifts and tokens of appreciation to alcalde Benjamín Ipiña. These plaques were made of metalized material suitable for hanging outdoors. Mr. Ipiña then made phone calls for us that paved the way for us to photograph Planchón del Rey.

two men holding signage and shaking hands

-Bruce Love

Corpus Volume 8: Planchón del Rey (San Diego Cliff Face), Petén, Guatemala

The Lost Murals of San Bartolo

The Murals of San Bartolo rightly stand as one of the great archaeological discoveries of recent times, and thus, their discovery deserves further attention.

In 2002, a few months after the murals came to light, freelance journalist Cyril Mischler recorded the story as told to him by Peten guide and outfitter Bernhard “Bernie” Mittelstaedt, long-time petenero and guide for Ian Graham and David Stuart. Later that same year, author Mischler visited the murals with Bernie to see for himself, and in 2007 made another trip, at which time photos were taken for a 2010 article on the topic published in Overland Journal, a magazine dedicated to “worldwide vehicle-supported expedition and adventure travel.”

If this report is correct, Bernie Mittelstaedt and Mariano Catalan deserve to be recognized for discovering the San Bartolo Murals.

We publish a downloadable PDF of this article, with permission from Overland Journal, in order to make this information accessible to a readership in Mesoamerican studies that might not otherwise have known that this version of the story exists.

-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Research Contribution 8: The Lost Murals of San Bartolo, Overland Journal, by Cyril Mischler

New Data from Santoton, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico

In our most recent post, we bring you a research contribution by Alejandro Sheseña and Ángel Sánchez Gamboa that offers fresh insight into the archaeological site of Santoton in the municipio of Ocosingo, Chiapas.

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-Bruce Love and Meghan Rubenstein

Research Contribution 7: El Sitio Arqueológico de Santoton, Ocosingo, Chiapas, México. Nuevos Datos