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Maya Civilization

Archaeological sites and studies of the ancient Maya civilizations of Central America.
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  2. Maya Religion (11)
  3. Maya Researchers (12)
  4. Maya Ruins (47)
  5. Maya Writing, Art and Architecture (10)

Coastal Maya Sites along the Maya Riviera
If you're visiting the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico, be sure to visit the Riviera Coast and the Mayan sites you find there.

Puuc is a word used to indicate both a region of the Yucatan peninsula which was ruled by the Maya; and a Maya architectural style

The Ancient Maya or Mayans?
English-speaking Mayanist scholars have a preference when you use "Maya" and when you use "Mayan": even if on the web the two terms are often used interchangeably.

Maya Highland
The Maya Highlands includes the southeastern part of the Maya civilization, located in the volcanic mountains of Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and el Salvador.

Ancient Maya Bloodletting Rituals
Bloodletting rituals and sacrifices were practiced by many Mesomerican societies; this article examines the importance of bloodletting to the Maya civilization.

Study Guide to the Maya Civilization
An introduction to the great Maya civilization, including detailed timeline, important archaeological sites, king lists, religion, politics, economics, and a bibliography.

Walking Tour of the Maya Town of Comalcalco
This Walking Tour of Comalcalco will introduce you to the important architectural elements of this well-preserved but little known Maya civilization archaeological site in the state of Tabasco

The Murals of Bonampak, Chiapas Mexico
The Bonampak murals, painted by the Classic period Maya, are among the most famous wall paintings of the New World.

Maya Codices
There are three surviving Maya codices known in the world: Dresden, Madrid, and Paris, named because that's where the codices ended up, in museums in those cities.

Classic Maya Astronomy at Xultún
Scholars have identified important astronomical tables at the Classic Period Maya capital of Xultun

Maya Site Q Found
A newly discovered stone panel at the Classic Period Maya (AD 250-900) capital city called La Corona in Guatemala has given researchers at Yale University enough evidence to confidently identify it as the long-sought city called Site Q.

Mayan Myths: What the Evidence Shows
Were the Maya peaceful people whose leaders lived in large empty palaces studying astronomy and mathematics, who disappeared for mysterious unknown reasons? Read what the evidence shows about the most popular misconceptions about the Maya.

An E-Group is a special collection of buildings found on over 60 archaeological sites throughout the Maya Lowland, which the Maya might have been used for astronomical, ritual and political reasons.

The Role of the Plaza in Maya Festivals
Like many pre-modern societies, the Classic period Maya (AD 250-900 AD) used ritual and ceremony performed by the rulers or elites to appease gods, repeat historical events, and prepare for the future. But not all ceremonies were secret rituals; in fact, many were public rituals, theatrical performances and dances played in public arenas to unite communities and express political power relationships.

Maya Civilization Economics
The Maya civilization had an extensive economic system, based on trade and agriculture. Here are some details of some of that system.

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