University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Dennis E. Puleston

The Chultuns of Tikal

By: Dennis E. Puleston

Modern archaeology in all parts of the world abounds with unsolved mysteries and riddles. The Classic Maya area of Central America is no exception. One of the less well known, though no less provoking, mysteries being explored at the Guatemalan site of Tikal centers around the function of strange subterranean chambers called chultuns. From the […]


Defensive Earthworks at Tikal

By: Dennis E. Puleston and Donald W. Callender, Jr.

For the weeks, months, and even years one spends carrying out fairly routine work there is always the possibility of stumbling onto something important that is totally unexpected. The discovery of what appears to be a 9 1/2 km. long defensive earthworks 4.5 km. north of the Great Plaza of Tikal is an example of […]