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K'inich Yax K'uk Mo
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K'inich Yax K'uk Mo

An incense burner thought to depict K'inich Yax K'uk Mo, the first Maya ruler of Copan. (Archaeological Museum of Copan, Honduras)
Goal, Ball Court of Chichen Itza
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Goal, Ball Court of Chichen Itza

One of the goals of the ball court at the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. The objective of the ball game, popular across Mesoamerica, was to strike a rubber ball through the hoop using any part of the body except the hands.
Temple I, Tikal
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Temple I, Tikal

Temple I, Tikal, Gautemala. The temple was used as the tomb of Maya ruler Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE). The structure is 50 metres high and the steps climbing to the top are set at an angle of over 70 degrees.
Tikal Main Plaza
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Tikal Main Plaza

The central plaza of Tikal, Guatemala. The Maya city flourished between 300 and 850 CE. On the left is the North Acropolis whilst on the right is Temple I, the tomb of Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE).
Quetzalcoatl
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Quetzalcoatl

An architectural sculpture from Teotihuacan of Quetzalcoatl, the Plumed-Serpent god of Mesoamerican religion and mythology. He was regarded as a creator god and a god of wind by such civilizations as the Maya and Aztecs.
Temple of the Sun, Palenque
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Temple of the Sun, Palenque

The Temple of the Sun at the Maya city of Palenque, Mexico. The temple was built in the late 7th century CE as part of the complex known as the Group of the Cross by King K'an Bahlam.
Jade Death Mask of Kinich Janaab Pacal
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Jade Death Mask of Kinich Janaab Pacal

The jade death mask of Maya king Kinich Janaab Pacal, c. 683 CE, Palenque. (National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City)
The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza
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The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza

The Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza is the largest playing field in Mesoamerica. It measures 168 by 70 metres (551 by 230 feet) and the walls are 8 metres (26 feet) high. Here the game of Pok-a-Tok was played, the most popular and highly...
Ball Court Wall & Goal, Chichen Itza
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Ball Court Wall & Goal, Chichen Itza

One of the walls and goals of the ball court in the Maya-Toltec city of Chichen Itza. 1050-1200 CE.
Map of Chichen Itza
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Map of Chichen Itza

A map of the principal monuments of the Maya-Toltec city Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, c. 750-1200 CE.