The Temple of Paintings at Bonampak. Photo: Mauricio Marat/INAH


The Regional Museum of Chiapas, part of the network of exhibition halls belonging to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), will present an extensive exhibit on the Maya archeological site Bonampak from Wednesday, Sept. 7, through March 3, 2023.

The exhibit, titled “Bonampak, a History under Construction,” will include reproductions of murals, ceramic and stone ceremonial objects, human remains, images, models and mortuary representations in order to offer a multifaceted vision of the archaeological site.

It will also include 63 archaeological pieces from ritual offerings associated with Maya burials, most of them from the Late Classic period (600 A.D. to 800 A.D.), among them, vessels, figurines, ceramic plates and ornamental objects, such as earrings, beads and earrings made of jadeite or green stone.

The Regional Museum of Chiapas, located in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, will also showcase the archeological studies conducted on the site over the course of the last 29 years.

Bonampak is located in the nearby municipality of Ocosingo, Chiapas, in the region known as Selva Lacandona, in the northern half of the Lacanjá River valley, near the border with Guatemala.

It covers 4,000 hectares and has 172 housing complexes scattered over a long strip of land. The most important buildings are located on the Acropolis, including the Paintings Building.

The site is known for its three rooms of murals, considered among the best-preserved Maya murals.

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