Welcome to the companion Web site to "Lost King of the Maya," originally
broadcast on February 13, 2001. The film follows the work of archeologists who
are using new excavations and hieroglyphic translations to interpret the early
history of Copán, a Classic Maya site in northern Honduras.
(For NOVA's April 2008 program on how Maya glyphs were translated, visit the
"Cracking the Maya Code" program site.)
Here's what you'll find online:
Tour Copán with David Stuart
In these video clips, David Stuart, a world-renowned expert on the written
language of the ancient Maya, guides you to some of Copán's greatest
Incidents of Travel
In 1839, American journalist John Lloyd Stephens "discovered" Copán when
a Mayan guide led him to the site. Read Stephens' riveting account of entering
this magnificent lost city.
Map of the Maya World
From Chichén Itzá in the north to Copán in the south, the
Maya empire was vast, with hundreds of known sites. Familiarize yourself with
15 of the chief cities in this clickable map.
Reading Maya Hieroglyphs (Hot Science)
The Maya invented a writing system so elaborate that experts have yet to
completely decipher it. In this interactive feature, see if you can interpret
some classic Maya hieroglyphs.