Volume 23 / Issue 1


Issue Cover

Special Issue: Quirigua--Classic Maya Center

On the cover: Quirigua Monument 16 ("Zoomorph P"), dated to AD 795, perhaps commemorating the death of a local ruler, is often considered to be the finest stone carving created by the ancient Maya.

The Classic Maya Settlement at Quirigua

Recent Agricultural Activities Have Helped Reveal the Extent of the Buried Settlement

By: Wendy Ashmore

Ever since the visit of Frederick Cather­wood in 1840, scholars and laymen alike have been attracted to the Maya ruins of Quirigua. Above all, it is the magnificent sculpture that has brought accolades to the site. But while many have inferred the existence of an important “city” or “capital” to support the rulers and sculptors […]

University Museum Announcements – Fall 1980

A Masai Exhibition As part of the Black Centennary (1879­-1980) celebration at Penn, The University Museum will present a traveling exhibition from The Galleries at F.I.T. (Fashion Institute of Technology) from December 16, 1980 to January 23, 1981. This exhibition consists of fifty of the excellent photo­graphs featured in the recent book by Carol Beckwith, […]

New Directions – Fall 1980

The Director Writes

By: Martin Biddle

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania voted on 6 December 1887 to send ‘an exploring expedition to Babylon’—perhaps the most romantically-worded decision ever taken by that august body. In this way was founded not only the University Museum but also the Museum’s exceptional commitment to field research. From this commitment have grown both the […]

Discovering Early Classic Quirigua

A Unique Opportunity to Examine an Important Sector of the Early Center

By: Wendy Ashmore

The discovery came, one could say, just in the nick of time. The Quirigua Project had been scheduled to run from 1974 through 1978. As Sharer explained earlier in this issue, the field seasons were organized to gather informa­tion concerning the rise, occupation and demise of the Classic Maya center of Quirigua. But commercial excavation […]

Archaeological Investigations in the Lower Montagua Valley

Survey and excavations have revealed marked differences between Quirigua and the other major centers in this valley

By: Edward M. Schortman

The lower Motagua valley, situated in the tropical lowlands of Guatemala between the major Maya site of Quirigua and the Caribbean coast, has long been the focus of intermittent archaeological work. Karl Sapper in the latter part of the 19th century was the first individual to provide any detailed information on the archaeol­ogy of this […]

Archaeological Investigations in the Site Core of Quirigua

Epigraphic and archaeological data now provide evidence of an occupation history spanning half a millennium

By: Christopher Jones and Robert J. Sharer

Quirigua’s dynastic and constructional history was of central concern to the site-core excavations. Since we last considered these topics (Jones 1977: Sharer 1978] several new findings at Quirigua have provided information that considerably amplifies the history of the site. Thus, our purpose here is to integrate these new findings into our former reconstruction of Quirigua’s […]

The Quirigua Project, 1974-1979

A brief outline of the development and structure of the research

By: Robert J. Sharer

In December 1973, after over one year of feasibility studies and negotiations in Guatemala, a contract forming the Quirigun Project was signed by representatives of the University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, and the Ministry of Educa­tion, Government of Guatemala. Once ratified by the President of Guatemala and his Council of Ministers, the Quirigua Project commenced its […]