University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Ellen E. Bell

Uncovering Copan’s Earliest Royal Tombs

By: Ellen E. Bell and Loa P. Traxler and David W. Sedat and Robert J. Sharer

The royal tombs found buried deep within the core of the Acropolis are a potent source of information about Early Classic life at Copan. In order to glean as much information as possible about the tomb occupants and the jumble of objects surrounding them (Fig. I), precise excavation techniques—and infinite patience—are called for. The Margarita […]


The Margarita Tomb at Copan, Honduras

A Research Update

By: Ellen E. Bell and Robert J. Sharer and David W. Sedat and Marcello A. Canuto and Lynn Grant

In an earlier issue of Expedition (41[2]), we reported on the first five years of work in an Early Classic burial at the Maya center of Copan, Honduras. The multichambered Margarita Tomb (An 440-450) lies deeply buried at the center of the core of the Late Classic Copan Acropolis. It contains the remains of a […]


Portrait – Remembering Robert J. Sharer (1940-2012)

By: Ellen E. Bell

Dr. Robert J. Sharer was the Sally and Alvin Shoemaker Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator Emeritus of the American Section at the Penn Museum. He completed a B.A. in history at Michigan State University in 1961 and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He […]