Reading List

The following is a recommended book list for the Ancient Maya and Mesoamerica. Each section is alphabetized by title.


Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology, D.L. Niehoff and E,A. pool Eds. 2012

A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya, Linda Schele and David Freidel (1992)

Copan A Brief History and Guide for the Young Visitor Maria Amalia Guitierrez (2001)

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens, S. Martin & N. Grube (2008)

Secrets of Two Maya Cities Copan & Tikal, Ricardo Agurcia F. and Juan Antonio Valdes (1994)

Defensive Earthworks at Becan, Campeche, Mexico: Implications for Maya Warfare, David L. Webster (1976)

Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica, Stephen & Margaret Bunson (1996)

Guaras en Libertad La Belleza Regresa Educational Modules Asociacion Copan (2011)

History Carved in Stone, Ricardo Agurcia and William L. Fash (2007)

Lowland Maya Civilization in the Eighth Century A.D., Jeremy A. Sabloff and John S. Henderson (1989)

Maya Iconography, Elizabeth P. Benson and Gillett G. Griffin (Editors) (1988)

Maya: History and Religion, J. Eric Thompson (1972)

Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, Michael D. Coe (2019)

Museo Escolar casa K’inich Guia para los Maestros Dorie Reents-Budet (2018)

Protecting Sacred Space Ricardo Agurcia, Payson Sheets, Karl Taube (2016)

Pyramids and Palaces, Monsters and Masks: The Golden Age of Maya Architecture, Volume I-III, George F. Andrews (1997)

Reinterpreting Prehistory of Central America, Mark Miller Graham, Editor (1993)

Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya, William L. Fash and Barbara W. Fash (2001)

The Ancient Maya, Robert Sharer (2010)

The House of the Bacabs, Copan, Honduras, David Webster (1989)

The Kingdom of the Sun, Ricardo Agurcia (2007)

The Maya, Michael D. Coe (2015)

The Secrets of Rosalila Ricardo Agurcia (2014)

The Southeast Classic Maya Zone, Elizabeth Hill Boone and Gordon R. Willey (1988)

Understanding the Early Classic at Copan, Robert Sharer, Ellen Bell, Marcello Canuto (2004)

Myth & Religion

Aztec and Maya Myths, Karl Taube (1993)

Gods of the Popol Vuh: Xmukane’, K’ucumatz, Tojil, and Jurakan, Mary H. Preuss (1987)

The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya: An Illustrated Dictionary of Mesoamerican Religion, Mary Miller and Karl Taube (1997)

The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan, Karl Taube (1992)

The Popol Vuh, Dennis Tedlock (translation) (1996)


Manual de Los Monumentos de Copán, Honduras Vol. 1 (2011)

An Introduction to the Study of Maya Hieroglyphs, S. G. Morley(2013)

An Outline Dictionary of Maya Glyphs, William Gates(2013)

Breaking the Maya Code, Michael D. Coe (2012)

Maya Glyphs: Reading the Past, Stephen D. Houston (1989)

Maya Glyphs: The Verbs, Linda Schele (1982)


The Codex Borgia, Gisele Diaz and Alan Rodgers (1993)

The Codex Nuttall, Zelia Nuttall (Editor) (1975)

The Essential Codex Mendoza, Frances F. Berdan & Patricia Rieff Anawalt (1997)

The Monument Manual of Copan Volume 1 Asociación Copan (2010)


Maya Sculpture of Copan, C.F. Baudez (1994)

A Study of Maya Art, Herbert J. Spinden (1975)

Art, Ideology and the City of Teotihuacan, Janet Catherine Berlo (1992)

Classic Maya Pottery at Dumbarton Oaks, Michael D. Coe (1975)

Collecting the Pre-Columbian Past, Elizabeth Hill Boone (Editor) (1993)

Folk Treasures of Mexico: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, Marion Oettinger (1990)

Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period, Dorie Reents-Budet (1994)

The Art of Mesoamerica from Olmec to Aztec, Mary Ellen Miller (2019)

The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art, Linda Schele and Mary Miller(1986)

The Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property: Whose Culture? Whose Property? Phyllis
Messenger (Editor) (1990)

The Maya of Guatemala: Their Life and Dress, Carmen L. Pettersen (1977)

The Maya Vase Book, Volumes I-IV, Justin Kerr (1989)


Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, John L. Stephens (1969)

Yucatan Before and After the Conquest, Diego de Landa (William Gates, Translator) (2015)

Modern Maya

Common Ground Garden Cookbook Cultural Exchange Project  (2015)

La Cultura Maya en Copan Asociación Copan (2015)

Living Maya, Walter F. Morris, Jr. and Jeffrey J. Foxx (1987)

The Maya’s Own Words: An anthology comprising Abridgments of the Popol-Vuh, Warrior of Rabinal, and Selections from the Memorial of Solola, the Book of Chilam-Balam of Chumayel, and the Title of the Lords of Totonicapan, by Thomas Ballantine Irving (Editor) (1985)

Time and the Highland Maya, Barbara Tedlock (1992)

Tropical Nature & Adventure

Adventuring in Central America (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama), David Rains Wallace (1995)

Lessons of the Rainforest, Suzanne Head and Robert Heinzman (Editors) (1990)

The Quetzal and the Macaw, David Rains Wallace (1992)

Lost Kingdoms of the Maya, National Geographic Video (1993)

Sentinels of Silence, Two-time Academy Award winning film Narrated by Orson Welles (in English) or Ricardo Montalban (in Spanish) (1971)

The Last King of Copan, NOVA (1993)