Buried Civilizations of the Americas
Chavin de Huantar
(North Highlands, English) A web site developed by John Rick that describes
the setting of Chavin de Huantar, as well as the layout of the Old and
New Temples. A recent research project involving the mapping of the
site is also discussed.
Chavin de Huantar
(North Highlands) This web site provides a basic description of Chavin
de Huantar with a discussion of the history of archaeological investigation
at the site. Additionally, there is information on phase designations,
architectural layouts of buildings, and pictures of the more spectacular
artifacts that have been recovered.
Nasca y sus Líneas
(South Coast, Spanish, Quechua) Although the web site has no English version,
it does contain a comprehensive collection of aerial photographs of the
Nasca lines. Along with each photo, is a description of the monument.
(South Coast) This web site describes the excavations that have been undertaken
at Marcaya, a early Nasca village in the Terras Blancas tributary of the
Nasca River. Information on the location of the site, pictures of the area,
and artifacts are provided.
Moche (North Coast)
fairly comprehensive web site that provides information about the Moche
culture in general and the archaeological site of Las Huacas del Sol y
de la Luna.
(North Coast) This on-line museum exhibit details the history of a gold
Moche backflap that was apparently looted and smuggled out of the country.
The exhibit provides information not only on the artifact itself, but on
the destruction of archaeological sites by looters and the smuggling of
Moche antiquities out of Peru.
Reales de Sípan (Moche, North Coast, Spanish) A web site that
chronicles the archaeological investigations at the Moche site of Sipan
involving the excavation of a number of elaborate tombs. In addition
to the description of the excavations, photographs of some of the burials
and associated grave goods are provided.
Reales de Sípan (Moche, North Coast, Spanish) This web site
describes three of the more elaborate tombs excavated at Sipan. Photographs
of some of the gold objects recovered from the burials are provided, along
with detailed reconstructions of the layout of grave goods within each
of the tombs.
Ai Apaec (North Coast, Spanish) This web site is primarily in Spanish,
although certain pages have an English language version. The site provides
an overview of the geographic and cultural regions of Peru. Additionally,
pictures and descriptions of a number of archaeological sites are available.
Photographs of archaeological objects including gold adornment, pottery,
textiles, and weaponry from a number of prehistoric cultures are also provided.
del Peru (Central Coast, English) A web site that provides a general
overview of the archaeological sites of Peru. A detailed map showing the
location of many of these sites is available, along with descriptions and
Brujo Project (Moche, North Coast, English or Spanish) This web site
describes a project that attempted to reconstruct a ceiling mural from
a Moche ceremonial precinct at the site of El Brujo. The process
of reconstructing this elaborate mural is detailed and photographs of reconstructed
mural figures are provided.
Baul (Wari) A small web site that discusses the mapping project that
recorded the architectural ruins on Cerro Baul, a Wari imperial colony
dating between 600-800 AD. A basic description of the architectural features
is provided along with several photos of the area.
(Ecuador) This site was created by Dennis Ogburn, a PhD student at UCSB,
and includes a basic description of the Inca culture, along with information
about his dissertation work in Saraguro, Ecuador. Specifically, his project
involves the investigation of the processes involved in the expansion and
maintenance of the Inca empire.
Civilization of the Incas (English) This web site provides a basic
overview of the Inca at the time of Spanish contact and colonization.
Social and political organization, subsistence practices, religion, and
various types of material culture of the Inca are described.
Textiles This site provides information on textiles from a variety
of prehistoric Andean cultures. Descriptions of textiles, along with photos,
can be found from Chavin, Proto-Nazca, Nazxa, Huari-Tihuanacco, and Northern
Chilean cultural areas.
Encyclopedia (English) This web site provides brief descriptions and
pictures of some of the better known Mesoamerican cultures and sites.
Also included is information on important Mesoamerican iconographic and
(Maya English) This web site reports on several recent archaeological investigations
in Mesoamerica, with a particular focus on Mayan sites. Descriptions
and pictures of these excavations are provided.
WWW Page (English) A web site that provides announcements, reports,
software, and web links related to Mesoamerican archaeology.
Civilizations (English) A site that provides general descriptions of
the prehispanic writing systems, calendars, political structures, and religions
of the Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Aztec cultures. Additionally, this site
lists a number of links to other Mesoamerican archaeology web sites.
Chronology (English) This web site provides a relatively comprehensive
chronological breakdown of Mesoamerican cultures spanning over 12,000 years.
Images of Mayan Sites (English)
A web site developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota that provides photographic
tours of some of the better known Mayan sites.
Mayan Archaeology in Belize
(English) A site that details the archaeological research that is currently
underway at several Mayan sites in Belize. This site also provides
links to the web pages associated with these ongoing projects.
Mayan Vase Paintings and
Sculpture (English) This web site provides a number of detailed photographs
of Mayan vase paintings that are arranged by subject matter. Additionally,
a small gallery of photographs depicting sculptures at Copan is also available
(English) This site provides basic information on Teotihuacan including
a site map, photographs of the monumental architecture, artifact descriptions,
and links to other related web sites.
of the Moon (English) This web site describes the recent archaeological
investigations undertaken by Arizona State University researchers at the
Pyramid of the Moon.
of Teotihuacan (English) A web site that leads you on a photographic
tour of Teotihuacan.
The Aztec Empire
(English) This web site provides an overview of the Aztec Empire that heavily
relies on pictures and photographs. Information on the Aztec calendar,
codices, religion, political structure, and social organization are provided
along with regional and site maps.
Links (English) A site that provides an annotated description
of a number of associated web pages detailing the culture, religion, and
history of the Aztec.
Hopewell Culture National Historical
Park (English) A web site developed by the National Park Service that
details the earthwork and mound complexes at the Hopewell Culture National
Historical Park in the Scioto River Valley of Ohio.
Searching for the
Great Hopewell Road (English) This web site is intended to accompany
a documentary that explores some of the new research on the earthworks
of the Hopewell culture.
and Late Prehistoric Period of the SE US (English) A site that provides
basic information on the Mississippian and late prehistoric period cultures
of the southeastern United States. The site also includes a number of web
links to national parks and monuments in the area.
Site Map (English) This web site consists of a Cahokia site map along
with a satellite view of the monumental earthworks and mounds. Information
on other architectural features at the site are also provided.
Chaco Culture National
Historic Park (English) The National Park Service web page for the
Chaco Culture National Historic Park in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The site
includes a brief description of the archaeological remains in Chaco Canyon,
along with information on visiting the park.
Tour of Chaco Canyon (English) The site provides a number of photographs
of the major sites in Chaco Canyon.
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
(English) The National Park Service web page for the Casa Grande Ruins
National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona. The site provides a brief description
of this Classic Hohokam site, along with information on visiting.
Archival Maps (English) A small web site that includes archival maps
of the Hohokam site of Snaketown. Additionally, a contour map and
pictures of the excavated ballcourt are provided.
Archaeological Research Institute,
ASU (English) This site includes on-line exhibits and vitual tours
of several Hohokam and Salado sites that have been excavated by ASU.
Tonto National Monument (English)
A National Park Service web site for the Tonto National Monument that includes
information on Salado cliff dwellings that date to the 13th, 14th, and
Grandes Regional System (English) This web site provides an outline
of the Casas Grandes Regional System that dates between AD 1200-1450. The
site includes maps, photographs, chronological information, and several
Aerial Photographs (English) A web site with aerial photographs of
Casas Grandes and several cerros de trincheras sites in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Ortiz (English) A web site that describes pottery making at the village
of Mata Ortiz in northern Mexico.