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Excavating Mexico's archaeology: web sites

Ron Mader

Sorting through the rubble, archaeologists work to piece together Mexico's impressive history, and new discoveries are made all the time. For example, at the end of last year a tomb beneath Teotihuacán's Pyramid of the Moon was excavated. Who knows what else will be dug up?

For those intrigued by Mexico's prehistoric past, a wealth of online resources make the Web a tool that is not only useful, but indispensable.


5/5 Stars

Visually enchanting and intellectually challenging, this exemplary Web site is a must-visit. When I visited Palenque this Spring, archaeologist Alfonso Morales told me that the Web was the best means of sharing new data with colleagues around the world. The MesoWeb site introduces Palenque to first-time visitors and provides serious archaeologists with academic papers and snapshots of recent excavations there and at other sites in Chiapas. Contact email:


AZTLAN E-Journal
5/5 Stars

This Web site compiles the best papers generated by its email discussion list, AZTLAN. A Mesoamerican archaeologist's round table, AZTLAN is an invaluable resource for anyone who pays attention to current debates, discoveries and conference announcements. The list is the work of John W. Hoopes ( and the gems are passed on to Jim Cocks ( who hosts the AZTLAN E-Journal Web site. If you would like to subscribe to the AZTLAN discussion list, please send the following request: subscribe AZTLAN to this email address:


National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH)
3/5 Stars

While the home page is available only in Spanish, interior documents providing information about events, such as the Palenque Round Table (, can be found in Spanish and English. That said, the Web site is rather devoid of content. For example, there is no directory in any language of the INAH museums. For that information, go to the Foro Virtual de Cultura Mexicana ( Contact email:


Mesoamerican Archaeology
3/5 Stars

Combine Pre-Colombian Archaeology with cutting-edge technology and you'll come up with the list of resources on this site. Free computer programs provide the current date in Maya glyphs. You'll find a number of software resources, including news about academic forums and links to newsgroups.


Southwestern Archaeology - Mexico
3/5 Stars

A personal favorite, this list indexes Web sites focusing on archaeological sites in the Southwestern United States and -- name not withstanding -- crosses the border and looks at related sites in the Northwestern Mexico. This site is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the Anasazi and Pueblo cultures. Contact email:

Also, check out the online magazines La Arqueología Mexicana ( and Archaeology (, an official publication of the Archaeological Institute of America that regularly features articles about Latin America. It currently has an updated version of Angela Schuster's article on the new tomb discovery at Teotihuacán (


Other recommended sites include the Eduard Seler Foundation ( which has a good deal of information about the Huasteca Culture, the Teotihuacan Home Page (, and Rabbit in the Moon (, featured in our " Best of" collection at the end of 1998.

Published or Updated on: January 1, 2006 by Ron Mader © 2008
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