Mayan Civilization

Characteristics of Mayan civilization
Characteristics of Mayan civilization
Maya culture shared many characteristics with other Mesoamerican cultures such as the Olmec, Zapotec or Aztec, but retained some features purely Mayan. The Maya, for example, had the only writing system that represented the spoken…
Beginning of Mayan civilization
Beginning of Mayan civilization
The earliest Maya settlements date to around 1800 B.C., or the beginning of what is called the Preclassic or Formative Period. The earliest Maya were agricultural, growing crops such as corn (maize), beans, squash and cassava (manioc)…
Mayas of Belize
Mayas of Belize
THE MAYA The Mopan Maya originally inhabited parts of central Belize and the Peten in Guatemala. In the 1600 s some were converted to catholicism by the Spanish while others resisted. Many were struck by white man diseases such as…
Mayan civilization architecture
Mayan civilization architecture
Some of the more important Maya city-states were Tikal, Dos Pilas, Calakmul, Caracol, Copán, Quiriguá, Palenque, Chichén Itzá and Uxmal (there were many others). Although every Maya city is different, they tended to share certain characteristics, such as general layout. Layout of Maya Cities: Maya tended…
Time period of Mayan civilization
Time period of Mayan civilization
The above time chart is an adaptation of the time line shown in Michael Coe s The Maya. It shows only items relevant to the northern Maya culture, the region where Uxmal and Chichén Itzá are found. For this reason the time period covered has also been shortened, as the northern Yucatán was the latest…
Mayan civilization inventions
Mayan civilization inventions
In the previous posts regarding the Maya, I’ve talked about their amazing calendars and infrastructure. In this post I’m going to be briefly looking at some of the remarkable inventions and achievements the Maya have developed. A system of writing: Among the ancient Americas the Maya invented the most…
Mayans civilization Timeline
Mayans civilization Timeline
History > Aztec, Maya, and Inca for Kids The timeline of the Maya Civilization is often divided up into three major periods: the Pre-classic Period, the Classic Period, and the Post-classic Period. Pre-classic Period (2 BC to 250 AD) The Pre-classic Period covers from the start of the Maya civilization…
Mayan civilization in Guatemala
Mayan civilization in Guatemala
During a Guatemala trip, visitors will discover a rich, sometimes violent, always fascinating cultural history. The cultural history of Mesoamerica can be divided into three periods: The Pre-Classic from 2 BC to 250 AD, (Early: 2 BC to 800 BC, Middle: 800 to 400 BC, and Late 400 BC to 250 AD), Classic…
Mayan Civilization collapse
Mayan Civilization collapse
The Terminal Classic period in Mesoamerica between c. 800 and 925 CE saw one of the most dramatic civilization collapses in history. Within a century or so the flourishing Classic Maya civilization fell into a permanent decline, so that once great cities were abandoned and left to ruin, in many cases…
Maya civilization religion
Maya civilization religion
The Maya are a native Mesoamerican people who developed one of the most sophisticated cultures in the Western Hemisphere before the arrival of the Spanish. Mayan religion was characterized by the worship of nature gods (especially the gods of sun, rain and corn), a priestly class, the importance of astronomy…
Mayan civilization Mysteries
Mayan civilization Mysteries
Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilizes the surface of a wall of a Maya house that dates to the 9th century A.D. A mysterious figure is shown painted on the wall in the foreground Four long numbers on the north wall of the ruined house relate to the Maya calendar and computations about the moon, sun and possibly…
Mayan civilization fall
Mayan civilization fall
Undreds of years ago in what is now modern Honduras, Copán was a thriving civilization, a center of the cultural life of the Maya. Tens of thousands of people made their home in the Copán Valley. Yet despite its importance, Copán went into decline. Across the vast territory of the ancient Maya, other…
Culture Maya!
Culture Maya!
Belize’s first and most enduring inhabitants, the Maya, left a rich legacy of art, science and mathematics that continues to unfold and astound us. Much of this ancient knowledge was lost when Spanish conquistadors laid waste to the extensive Maya libraries and administrative centres, but, fortunately…
What happened to Mayan civilization?
What happened to Mayan civilization?
They had a series of overlapping calendars which were quite accurate. They had a well-developed religion and divine pantheon, some of which is described in the Popol Vuh. In the cities, stonemasons created stelae, statues which recorded the greatness of their leaders. Trade, particularly for prestige…
End of the Mayan civilization
End of the Mayan civilization
More than a millennium ago in Central America, the great Maya civilization grew, flourished, built beautiful temples - and then slowly but inexorably collapsed. What happened? A lot of things, but two scientists now say a key factor may have been nothing more than what they call a modest reduction in…
Mayan civilization information
Mayan civilization information
The exact origins of the Mayas remain unknown. What is known about them is that they dedicated an immense amount of time to erecting giant monuments of stone, in the form of temples, pyramids and palaces. The Mayans’ extraordinary architectural and cultural accomplishments rival those of the world’s…
Mayan civilization accomplishments
Mayan civilization accomplishments
The Mayan civilization survived for more than 2, years from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. in the time period known as the Classic Period. The Mayan people were made up of people who lived in the present-day areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. The Mayan written language was made up of…
Mayan civilization contributions
Mayan civilization contributions
A fresco mural at Bonampak in Chiapas, Mexico The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican culture, noted for having the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its spectacular art, monumental architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems…
Mayan civilization language
Mayan civilization language
Mayan languages family of indigenous languages spoken in southern , , and ; Mayan languages were also formerly spoken in western and western . See also . The Huastecan branch, composed of the Huastec and Chicomuceltec (extinct) languages, was the first to split off from the Mayan family tree. Next Yucatecan…
Movies on Mayan civilization
Movies on Mayan civilization
Everyone has their favorite film based on ancient times. Whether it s the battle scenes, the drama, the characters, or just the sheer setting of the film, you can often feel like you re lost in another time and in another place. In case you re no film buff, read on to see what the Top 10 Films About…
Mayan civilization summary
Mayan civilization summary
In the Maya civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. An eclipse spares his life from the…