History Stories
What Caused the Maya Collapse? Archaeologists Uncover New Clues
January 25, 2017

Archaeologists excavating ruins in Guatemala have unearthed new clues that may help solve the enduring mystery of why the Maya civilization collapsed. Read More

New Study Confirms Ancient Maya Codex is Genuine
October 5, 2016

Archaeologists have concluded that the nearly 900-year-old Grolier Codex, long believed to be a forgery, is authentic, making it the oldest known document created in the Americas. Read More

Water Tunnel Found Under Mayan King’s Tomb
July 26, 2016

A canal network discovered by Mexican archaeologists under the 1,300-year-old Mayan temple holding the tomb of King Pakal may have been a symbolic path to the afterlife. Read More

Tomb of Ancient Mayan Prince Discovered in Mexico
July 30, 2012

Researchers excavating the Maya settlement of Uxul, buried deep within the jungle, have uncovered the final resting place of a young prince. Read More

Oldest Known Mayan Calendar Debunks December 2012 Myth
May 10, 2012

Archaeologists at Xultún, a Maya site in Guatemala, have discovered walls with paintings and writing, including calculations related to the Maya calendar. Read More

Drought May Have Spelled End for Maya
February 24, 2012

Mexican and British researchers have uncovered a possible reason for the mysterious collapse of one of the Western Hemisphere's most advanced civilizations. Read More

Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say
December 2, 2011

One of history’s most famous doomsday predictions might rely on a faulty translation of an ancient Mayan tablet. Read More

Researchers Explore the Seafaring Culture of the Maya
May 23, 2011

This month, researchers are seeking a better understanding of Maya maritime trade by excavating an ancient port city on the Yucatan Peninsula. Read More

Does a Guatemala Lake Contain Mayan Treasure?
March 4, 2011

Is priceless Mayan gold hiding in the depths of Guatemala's Lake Izabal? Read More

Did the Maya Build Chirping Pyramids?
November 17, 2010

New research suggests that Mesoamerican pyramids like the Maya temple Kukulkan were designed to produce sophisticated acoustic effects, including the chirp of a sacred bird. Read More