FAMSI was created in 1993 to foster increased understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures. The 'resources' menu option allows users to view drawings, photographs, videos, and other visual tools. Searching is available here. The site can be confusing to look through, though it appears to have some quality material. Images are available for educational use.

Maya Decipherment

While this is not an image collection, it is a valuable blog for anyone studying the ancient Maya civilization. Written by Dr. David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin, it includes the latest updates on Maya research, including information on new image collections! Check back for updates.

Maya Vase Database / PreColumbian Portfolio

The Maya Vase Database is an archive of rollout and still photographs of vases, plates and bowls, from the various cultures of Mesoamerica. The objects pictured are from archaeological sites, museums and collections throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, the Unites States, Canada and Europe. The Precolumbian Portfolio is a collection of artifacts and sites from the Ancient Americas. Both sites have advanced search features. It may seem overwhelming, but the hints and help section gives you tips on how to get the most out of the databases. Image quality varies, but is overall decent. Images are available for educational use, with the stipulation that you include a credit line with the copyright notice: Photograph © Justin Kerr, 0000 and the K number of the image for other students to be able to track the image.

Mesoamerican Photos

Owned and Maintained by David R. Hixson, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, Mesoamerican Photos strives to educate and stimulate the public with both accurate information and beautiful photographs of Mesoamerican archaeology. Within these photo galleries, you will find full-color photographs of archaeological sites and museums from all over Mexico, complete with detailed captions. Images are organized by archeological site, and are decent quality.


Mesoweb is devoted to the ancient cultures of Mexico and adjacent Central America, including the Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Teotihuacan, Toltec, Aztec, and Maya (reserving the word Mayan for the language and the word Maya for the people and their culture). This is, of course a huge area for any one website to cover, and so we have chosen to specialize in the Maya and, more particularly, Maya history, viewing it through the lens of archaeology and the related disciplines and the written records left by the Maya themselves. The Mesoweb 'features' section offers tours of archeological sites. While there are not many images, there may be something of use. There are also several videos and even a game.

Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, and Labná

Created by Charles S. Rhyne of Reed College, this site features photographs of the Mayan cities Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, and Labná. According to the author, "This web site includes 19th and early 20th century drawings, prints, and photographs, showing the appearance of these four cities before the extensive restoration campaigns of the twentieth century, and allowing us to see the variety of ways in which early explorers and scholars recorded these newly discovered wonders. In addition, there are over 1000 recent photographs, showing previously unpublished architectural and sculptural details, interior spaces, paint remains, current restoration, and approaches to the public presentation of these heavily visited sites.
Two or more photographs can be opened at the same time, allowing comparison of buildings before and after restoration, or different types of arches, and allowing one to juxtapose multiple views of the same sculpture, or to set photographs of complex mosaic facades side-by-side with diagrams of them." The images are very high quality, and may be used for educational purposes.