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Architecture, Restoration, and Imaging
of the Maya Cities of
The Puuc Region, Yucatán, México


This web site has been developed as a resource for teaching and research. As such it has benefited from the technical support and sage advice of staff members of Reed's Educational Technology Center. Especially helpful have been Marianne Colgrove, Associate Director, Fred Lifton, former Digital Media Specialist, Ben Salzberg, User Support Specialist, and his crew, and Jason Parker, Academic Web Specialist, who these past two years has taught me to understand and use Dreamweaver more effectively, has done much of the work himself, and has solved the many  problems I could not.

The number of Reed students who have contributed to this web site in important ways is awesome. Students employed in Reed's Educational Technology Center who have made early, truly major contributions include David Clark, Wren Thornton, and Andy Wallace.  Former student Brian Hyman has collaged the panoramas.

Over the years a number of students have helped me with translation. For Spanish: Lindsay Blue-Smith, Maya Kini, Karen Neese, Walker Shapiro, Christy Wiles, and especially Liz González. For German: Tina Schneider, Neal Witkowski, and Sean Woosley . For French Claire Payton.

I am in debt to Archaeologist Luis Millet, Director, and especially to Archaeologist José Huchim, Investigador Titular, Centro Regional de Antropologia e Historia de INAH, for their help in many ways. Their research and restoration at Uxmal provided the basic material for this project. I also wish to thank Jorge Mex for sharing with me his over two decades of experience as a guide at Uxmal.

At the the Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University, my thanks to E. Wyllys Andrews V, Director, and Kathe Lawton, Assistant Director, for their generous help during my visit. MARI's archives of their 1930 Uxmal research trip provide an invauable time capsule for any study of the history of restoration of the site.

At the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthroplogy, Brown University, special thanks to Rodney Gerry, Conservation Assistant and Exhibits Preparator, and Kevin Smith, Deputy Director, for their welcoming assistance during my visit. The Haffenreffer's vast Spinden archive is an invaluable resource for the study of the sites documented in this web publication.

At the Pre-Columbian Studies Center, Dumbarton Oaks, of Harvard University, my thanks to Jeffrey Quilter, Director of Pre-Columbian Studies and Curator, Pre-Columbian Collection; Leo Traxler, Assistant Curator, Pre-Columbian Collection; and Bridget Gazzo, Librarian, Pre-Columbian Library, who were extremely helpful during my visits. The photographs taken during the 1888-1891 Thompson/Peabody expedition to Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, and Labná, provide the earliest photographs of many aspects of these sites, most notably Labná, and an invaluable record of their condition at the time.

At the American Museum of Natural History, my thanks to Kristan Mable and Belinda Kaye, Archivists, Division of Anthropology, and to Barbara Mathé, Museum Archivist and Head of Library Special Collections.

At the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, Harvard University, my thanks to Susan Haskell, Curatorial Associate, and Patricia Kervick, Associate Archivist, who were most helpful during my visits. The Peabody's riches in all area's of Maya studies are well known and justly famous.

At the Getty Research Institute (GRI), I am especially in debt to Claire Lyons, Collections Curator, History of Archaeology and Ancient Art, for generous help over the past decade.

I also wish to thank the staffs at other photo archives and libraries, who have made their material available and have recognized the educational value of posting images of their materials on the web at large enough size and high enough resolution that details of these complex buildings and changes over time could be studied by students and other viewers.

Most importantly, as with all of my teaching and research, this web site has depended on the multifaceted support of Reed College.

Copyright 2008 by Charles S. Rhyne and Reed College, all rights reserved.