On this Web site you can find collected scholarly files, links, resources, software and reports relevant or interesting to Mesoamerican and Pre-Columbian Archaeology. There is a collection of Maya calendar programs, as well as collected documents and arguments about unsubstantiated claims of transoceanic contact with the Americas.
This Web site was created in 1994, at a time when the internet as we know it today was just starting to grow. Few Mesoamerican Archaeology related Web sites existed at the time. Nowadays though, many archaeological research institutes have their own web pages, this page will be updated less frequently, but all the material, including the software, will of course remain. The contents of this site is copyright of those mentioned as authors/sources.
The information provided here is for scholarly information and not for profit. Copyright 2004.
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Excel 4 spreadsheet of all Maya stelae, by Christophe Helmke. (zipped,
can also be read by Macintosh)
SCULPTORS OF THE REALM: CLASSIC MAYA ARTISTS' SIGNATURES AND SCULPTURAL
STYLE DURING THE REIGN OF PIEDRAS NEGRAS RULER 7 by JOHN ELLIS MONTGOMERY.
John Montgomery's Master Thesis. (Font used for proper formatting: Bookman)
Note: Does not contain figures. (A WWW version is also available below,
but because of it's size of 500 pages, a download is probably more sensible).
Set of 4 Macintosh programs by Steve Stearns for Maya calendrics. Compacted,
self-extracting archive, binhexed. Transfer in text/binhex mode.
Collection of 3 Hypercard stacks for Maya calendar conversions for the
Macintosh. One by Bruce Frumker, one by Michael Closs one by Stan Ulrich
and Lucinda Surber. Compacted, self-extracting, binhexed. Transfer in text/binhex
Excel spreadsheet. Cross reference for the book "Painting the Maya Universe";
compiled by Steve Stearns. Compacted, self-extracting archive, binhexed.
Transfer in text/binhex mode. Also available interactivly on Brian Ampolsk's
page (see Links).
Free Maya Calendrics Fonts in Truetype and Postscript 1, Copyright
Ecological Linguistics. Binhexed, extract with Stuffit expander. Note:
2.5 Meg download.
Commercial: Redshift for 68k and PPC MacIntosh computers.
Shareware: Starry Night, download it from standard Mac archives or from
Note: I had some problems downloading zip files using Netscape on a
MacIntosh. Using ftp it worked fine, in binary mode.
Excel spreadsheet of PTMU for PC. Adapted from Steve Stearns' file by Brian
Ampolsk. Zipped, transfer in binary mode.
Maya calendar Basic programs by Linda Schele. For the PC (ASCII text so
anybody should be able to read it) Zipped; transfer in binary mode. mayacal2.zip
Second part (those files missing in MAYACAL.ZIP).
calendar program in Basic for the PC by Floyd Lounsbury, info included.
Zipped, transfer in binary mode. Seems to have a bug when converting Gregorian
dates from 500, 600, 700 (i.e. centuries not dividable by 400).
Maya Calendrics Program for PCs by Mark & John Harris. Zipped/uuencoded.
And this is the zipped version maya3.zip,
transfer in binary. Has the same bug as the Floyd Lounsbury programs, bugfix
in progress by authors.
CALENDAR 2.02 FOR WINDOWS 3.1 Shareware US$ 29.95, by Gregory Reddick zipped/uuencoded.
Skyglobe 3.6 astronomy program. Shareware. Zipped, transfer in binary mode.
Maya Calendrics Fonts in Truetype for Windows, Copyright Ecological Linguistics.
Zipped, transfer in binary. Note: 500k download.
The facial features of Olmec heads represent Native Americans, not Africans:
picture of a Tzotzil
youth from Chiapas, from the book "Ancient Maya" by Sharer. See also
the Olmec Twins,
smaller sculptures which show the Asiatic features better.