Jaguar God of the Underworld, Copan stela, Honduras


This dramatic image is one of the most popular on our web site. FLAAR is a research institute dedicated to improving the quality and quanty of photography in the field of preColumbian archaeology of Mesoamerica.


Are you curious why this picture looks so nice? Compare it to other views of the same stelae. We do this with special equipment and twenty years experience.


Jaguar God of the Underworld, Copan stela, Honduras.
Jaguar god of the underworld, Copan stela, Honduras.


We offer instruction in art and archaeology photography. You can even join us at Copan ruins in Honduras and we will show you precisely how to improve your own photography.

In the meantime, check out two sites which are dedicated to archaeological photography, and


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The ancient society and culture of the Classic Maya was rather bizarre. This makes the Maya all the more intriguing to study. Thus we have conferences and other events, publications and books, to help you out. We offer instruction in architectural history, art history, photography, digital imaging, basic photography, linguistics and deciphment of Mayan hieroglyphic writing.


For publications about Copan and the Maya, check out our Art & Archaeology Book Service, and our site.


Jaguar God of the Underworld, Copan stela, Honduras.
Jaguar God of the Underworld, from what looks like a cache vessel or burial urn.


Updated July 9, 2014 since the wrong photo had been on the page.
New page format posted November 16, 2009
page updated February 17, 1998