The Mayan Empire

Mayan Empire map
Mayan Empire map
Belize Mayan Ruins Map The Top Maya Sites to Visit in Belize The Mysterious World of the Ancient Maya The land that is now Belize was once the heartland of the ancient Maya Empire. Although the various areas all spoke a common language and shared a common religion, the empire was actually a patchwork…
Fall of Mayan Empire
Fall of Mayan Empire
The Mayan ruins of Tikal are hidden deep in the rainforests of Guatemala. From the air only a handful of temples and palaces peek through the canopy. The stone carvings are weather-beaten. Huge plazas are covered in moss and giant reservoirs are engulfed by jungle. The only inhabitants are wild animals…
Mayan Empire religion
Mayan Empire religion
Notes: Traditions: −1 National unrest +15% Fort Defense The Sacred Cenote −10% Stability cost modifier Building Traditions −10% Development cost Ancient Feuds −10% Aggressive expansion impact Shipwreck Survivors −5% Technology cost Kuchkabal +10% National tax modifier 28px Remote Isolation +1 Attrition…
Map of Mayan Empire
Map of Mayan Empire
In addition to the restored ruins currently found in Belize such as Altun Ha, Caracol, Lamanai, Nim Li Punit, and Xunantunich, other large sites await exploration in the remote jungles throughout Belize. Many of these are known, but many remain undiscovered and expeditions continue each year. Belize…
Mayan Empire government
Mayan Empire government
The Maya Empire was not one unified nation. There was no central government. The Maya Empire was a collection of independent cities (city-states). One noble family controlled each city. Some cities were very large. Those families had a great deal of power because they had a large army. The Maya built…
Mesoamerican Civilization
Mesoamerican Civilization
There is no denying the striking similarities between Ceibal and La Venta, such as evidence of similar ritual practices and the presence of similar architecture - namely the pyramids that would come to be the hallmark of Mesoamerican civilization but did not exist at the earlier Olmec center of San Lorenzo.Researchers…
Rise of the Mayan Empire
Rise of the Mayan Empire
From A.D. 250 to 900, the Maya thrived in what is now Central America and southern Mexico. They produced innovations in architecture (see the pyramid above), agriculture (growing corn and other crops in places that seemingly weren’t open to cultivation), and astronomy (they created two complex calendar…
Religious beliefs and practices
Religious beliefs and practices
The factors driving the growth of religious ‘nones’ in the U.S. The share of Americans who do not identify with a religious group is surely growing, but there are differing ideas about the factors driving this trend. Internet & Tech Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement…
Mayan Empire Geography
Mayan Empire Geography
The finding could explain how these ancient metropolises survived—and even prospered—despite having poor soil. Extending south from southern Mexico, through Guatemala, and into northern Belize, the Maya Empire prospered from about A.D. 250 to 900, when it crumbled. (See an interactive map of the Maya…
Mayan cities
Mayan cities
How can you resist a headline like “Quebec teen may have discovered long lost Mayan city”? Alas, the story going viral today is too good to be true, according to archaeological experts. The supposed lost pyramid? More likely an abandoned field. This much is true: William Gadoury, now 15, won a contest…
End of Mayan Empire
End of Mayan Empire
When the Spanish conquistadores sailed for Central America in 1517, their goal was to vanquish the resident Maya civilisation. But the colonists arrived to find that much of their work had been done for them. By the time the Spanish made landfall, the Maya’s political and economic powerhouse has vanished…
History of the Mayan Empire
History of the Mayan Empire
MAYA, A History of The Mayans Author: Various Date 2004 The Maya of Mesoamerica, along with the Aztecs of Mexico and the Incas of Peru, made up the high civilizations of the American Indians at the time of the Spanish conquest. Both the Aztecs and the Incas were late empires (about AD 1300-1533), capstones…
Location of Mayan Empire
Location of Mayan Empire
History > Aztec, Maya, and Inca for Kids The Maya people built many cities throughout the history of their civilization. The cities acted as city-states where each single large city ruled over the surrounding areas. Maya cities were not planned out in detail like the cities of the Aztecs. They…
Ancient Mayan Empire
Ancient Mayan Empire
Over 3, years ago, in the warm, fertile lands that are now Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, the great Maya civilization arose — its vast pyramid temples appearing to come out of nowhere. But new evidence suggests a fascinating origin for this ancient, advanced culture. Just as the Inca once dominated…
Mayan Timeline
Mayan Timeline
Olmecs The dominant Mesoamerican civilization of the Preclassic period was the Olmecs (1, 500 - 400 B.C.) in the Gulf Coast Region, to the northwest of the Maya region. The Olmecs believed they were descended from jaguars and believed in were-jaguars half-human, half-jaguar combinations of transformation…
Fall of the Mayan Empire
Fall of the Mayan Empire
Mineral deposits found in a Caribbean underwater cave may hold clues to the mysterious downfall of the ancient Mayan civilization. Belize’s Blue Hole is a massive, almost perfectly circular cave submerged in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Central America. Rock samples taken from the iconic cave and…