University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Hattula Moholy-Nagy

A Tlaloc Stela From Tikal

By: Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Stela 32 was one of the outstanding finds of the 1961 field season at Tikal. The front of this broken and battered monument is remarkable for the carving of a full-face representation of Tlaloc–the Aztec name of an important rain deity who had a long history in Mesoamerica. The stela had been intentionally broken, and […]


The Field Laboratory at Tikal

By: Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Archaeologists spend much time and a good deal of money digging. They spend months in the field recovering and recording preserved material culture, in order to piece together the history and ways of life and vanished people. Yet recovering the story from the information resulting from excavation entails a great deal of time and effort, […]


Shells and Society at Tikal, Guatemala

By: Hattula Moholy-Nagy

Thousands of unworked mariner shells, shell arti¬≠facts, and fragments of production waste, or debitage, were recovered from the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s excavations at Tikal. Shell was clearly of importance to the inhabitants of this land¬≠locked city (Figs. I, 2). Enough data are now available to allow us to think about social contexts: we can […]