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Satellite image of La Corona

(courtesy of Dr. Sever, NASA)


Hieroglyphic staircase. 2, Block 5

(the "2012" block)

Burial 3, Str. 13Q-3, La Corona



Welcome to the wesbite for the archaeological project known by its Spanish name Proyecto Regional Arqueológico La Corona (PRALC).


PRALC has been conducting multi-disciplinary archaeological research in the tropical rainforest of northern Guatemala since 2008. It has focused its excavations on the Classic Maya city of La Corona, once known only as the mysterious "Site Q."


We hope you find this site useful and informative. We are still building it, so please excuse some of our unfinished pages! We will continue to update the site so come back often!



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What's new


PRALC Unearths

More Key Monuments


PRALC archaeologists, who in 2012 discovered a Maya text containing only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, today announced significant hieroglyphic finds during a press conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City.


Juan Pacay discovering Stela 1 at El Achiotal


One find consisted of a well-preserved Maya stela dating to the fifth century A.D. from the archaeological site of El Achiotal. “This stela portrays an early king during one of the more poorly understood periods of ancient Maya history,” says Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at El Achiotal.


Maxime Lamoureux St-Hilaire excavating hieroglyphic panel at La Corona


The PRALC team also found two more hieroglyphic panels in nearly pristine state at La Corona. “These panels are in near-perfect condition; they even have much of the original sparkling red paint preserved,” says Canuto. “Over the past decade, we have found over a dozen of these panels, and these reflect a skill and perfection in Maya stone work that is almost unique to La Corona,” he adds.


For the press release, click here

For more images, click here




Another La Corona panel

returns to Guatemala



We are pleased to announce that another piece of Classic Maya history has returned to Guatemala. This is a small hieroglyphic panel from La Corona which dedicates the construction of a set of buildings at the site in AD 678.


The panel will be on exhibit at the Musueum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Guatemala CIty


We have been working for over a year on having these pieces returned. We are grateful to all those involved in the repatriation of this object!


For more information please click here.






In partnership with Mesoweb, PRALC announces a new publication series called: La Corona Notes.


This series will disseminate the latest results and interpretations resulting from research on the Classic Maya center of La Corona in northern Peten, Guatemala. Mitigating the usual lag between discovery and publication, the series will provide project members a venue to rapidly circulate ideas, decipherments, or discoveries deemed interesting and useful to a wider public.


Series editors: Marcello A. Canuto, Tomás Barrientos Q., and David Stuart.




Repatriation of La Corona panels:


Three hieroglyphic panels from La Corona have now returned to Guatemala!


For more information please click here.




New Files:

PRALC's 2006 and 2012 informes


Latest changes to website:

Research has been updated



2012 was a big year for our project, almost as important as it would have been for the Classic Maya! Our discoveries this year far exceeded our expectations and made us optimistic about the prospect of future research efforts at this site.


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