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They went looking for a sacred well. But archaeologists working beneath the ancient Mexican city of Chichén Itzá discovered something far more surprising: vases, decorative plates, incense burners, and other ritual artifacts left more than 1,000 years ago in an extensive cave system. For the ancient Maya, caves were sacred…
The ancient Maya lived in tropical forests. But they wanted to plant corn. They needed firewood to heat their homes. And they built temples, pyramids, and cities. So they cut down countless trees and clear-cut large areas of land. Experts believe this led to the end of the Maya empire.…
Archaeologists from Japan have discovered a treasure trove of rare jade pieces used by the Mayan people in public ceremonies. The pieces date back as far as 1000 BC. Because the jade shows no signs of wearing down by fabric, it's likely that they were not jewelry, but used in…
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Tour Sacred Maya Ruins
Video: Mesoamerica Through Time
Source:Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers/Vimeo Creative Commons
A brief overview of four of the Maya’s most important capital cities.
Tweets from archaeologist James A. Doyle, the assistant curator for art of the ancient Americas at the Met.
🧵!! See these beautiful duhos at the @metmuseum until June 27! 🌊 https://t.co/QRTVcxHbIm(about 7 hours ago)
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@patt_bouchan @LeoLopezLujan Abrazos a todos!! Cuídense mucho. 🤗🦅(about 1 week ago)
Good news from the @INAHmx team: no major damage to the Templo Mayor archaeological site after a Mexico City hailst… https://t.co/ReoivlZNHR(about 1 week ago)