Broken fragment of stone monument with glyphs carved into it.

Short Teaching Module: Maya Writing

In the period from 200 to 900 C.E, which scholars later labelled the Classic Period, the Maya developed the most complex writing system in the Americas, a script with nearly a thousand characters (termed “glyphs”) that represent concepts and sounds, which over the last fifty years has been largel

Small figure carved in jade

Maya Deity-Face Jade Pendant, 7th-8th century

This small carved jade ornament, about 2 inches square, was most likely the central ornament on the paper headband of a Maya ruler.

Object with seated individual carved into it

Maya Drinking Vessel with Seated Lord, 7th-8th century

This large ceramic vessel, made for drinking chocolate, shows a figure wearing a loincloth, necklace, and a large headdress that looks like the tail feathers of the quetzal bird.

Cup inscribed with a figure holding a ceremonial ax in one hand.

Maya Vase with Mythological Scene, 7th-8th century

This drinking cup shows the aging Rain God Chank with a ceremonial ax in one hand and the other on a building that has split open.

Broken fragment of stone monument with glyphs carved into it.

Maya Monument with glyphs, 4th-9th centuries

This stone monument carved with glyphs comes from Tortuguero, a Maya archeological site in southernmost Tabasco, Mexico that has been badly damaged by development. The monument is in a museum in Tabasco, and the smaller fragment is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

Mosaic from Ancient City of Madaba, Jordan


In order to prevent the complete loss of these sites to history, the project works by keeping records of significant sites, and sharing and displaying these places using 3D modeling.
Museum exhibit showing Alaska in text with artifacts surrounding it.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

This website provides links to lesson plans based on exhibits, as well as images from the museum’s collection that may not otherwise be available to visitors.
Color image of shelving with various artifacts, most of which are clay bowls or vessels

UM Museum of Anthropological Archaeology Image Database

What makes this site useful is its open accessibility to see the results of archaeological digs and excavations.
Photograph of the Khafre pyramid

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University

The website itself has 3D reconstructions...a glossary which gives brief descriptions of people and places, terms, and acronyms... [and links to] NEH lesson plans, Egyptology videos, blogs, and other related sources.

Ruins of the Convento de San Francisco

These structures are all that remain from a convent built near the coast of modern-day Uruguay in the 1690s. It is located in Colonia del Sacramento, a city that switched back and forth from Spanish rule to Portuguese rule several times during the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries.