Mayan Civilization

Mayan civilization artifacts
Mayan civilization artifacts
Mayan ruins and sites marking the Maya’s fascinating ancient civilization and culture dot the Central America countryside in Belize, Mexico and Guatemala. While Mayan civilization and culture date back well into BC times, many Mayan ruins and sites were only recently discovered and have yet to be excavated…
Mayan civilization Population
Mayan civilization Population
BYU soil scientists work at the ancient Maya location near Tikal, Guatemala. Credit: BYU The traces of ancient corn farms could reveal how many people lived in a legendary Maya city, a new study suggests. The pyramid-filled Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological complexes…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…