|El Castillo in Chichen Itza|
image courtesy of philop, via commons.wikimedia.org
|Ball Court in Copan|
image courtesy of Adalberto Hernandez Vega
The Maya civilization flourished from about 200 - 900 A.D. Their sophisticated achievements in architecture, math, astronomy and writing are amazing. Yet their culture seems rather barbaric, too, as seen in their "ball game," which always ended with the losers being decapitated.
Find out more about the Maya at the sites below. (Our favorites are in red.)
|Temple of the Warriors|
image used courtesy of Keith Pomakis
ArtMasterpiece Revealed (click "launch interactive")
image by Ver Abajo
LanguageDecode Stela 3 (click "launch interactive")
Cracking the Maya Code (video)
Timeline of Decipherment (click "launch interactive")
National Gallery of Art (great printable guide )About the Mayan Calendar
"Mayan Mysteries" - by NASA
What did you learn about Maya civilization and culture? Do you think you would have enjoyed life during the age of the great Maya kingdoms?