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Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua (UNESCO/NHK)
Video by UNESCO TV NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua (UNESCO/NHK)

Inhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quirigua in Guatemala had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84 A.D.) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and...
Susie Robinson describes a Mayan Fertility Statue
Video by Past Preservers

Susie Robinson describes a Mayan Fertility Statue

Susie Robinson of the British Museum talks about some of her favourtie pieces, namely the Mayan Statue of Fertility.
Remnants of Maya Ruins at San Gervasio, Mexico
Image by James Blake Wiener

Remnants of Maya Ruins at San Gervasio, Mexico

The ruins of San Gervasio -- located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico -- were once an important site of pilgrimage to Maya people who lived from c. 1000-1650 CE. A sanctuary of the Maya goddess Ix Chel used to be located at this location...
Maya Spouted Jar
Image by Metropolitan Museum of Art

Maya Spouted Jar

This spouted vessel is one of the most elegantly sculpted stone containers in the corpus of Maya art. Its form with the vertical spout parallel to the central axis of the main chamber is known from the late 1st millennium B.C. and is especially...
Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel, Mexico
Image by James Blake Wiener

Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel, Mexico

The ruins of San Gervasio -- located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico -- were once an important site of pilgrimage to Maya people who lived from c. 1000-1650 CE. A sanctuary of the Maya goddess Ix Chel used to be located at this location...
Presentation of Captives to a Maya Ruler
Image by FA2010

Presentation of Captives to a Maya Ruler

This carved limestone relief, dated 23 August 783 CE, depicts three scribes being presented as prisoners to a Maya ruler. The captives are identified as scribes by the stick-bundle the first one holds (the traditional implements of scribes...
Maya kakau glyph
Image by VVVladimir

Maya kakau glyph

This ancient Maya glyph is pronounced "kah-kah-oo." Various forms of this glyph can be found on Maya vessels, some of which are known to have contained chocolate in some form.
Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel
Image by James Blake Wiener

Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel

This photograph shows some Maya ruins from the San Gervasio archaeological site, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. In the center, one sees the "Niches" structure, which was once composed of miniature shrines that were built...
The Maya
Image by James Blake Wiener

The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio

Colonnaded halls were very popular among the Maya along Mexico's eastern coast in Pre-Columbian times. At San Gervasio, located on the Mexican island of Cozumel, one can see this Maya "palace" structure in full-view. This structure has benches...
Clay Maya Nobleman Figure
Image by Jan van der Crabben

Clay Maya Nobleman Figure

Maya Nobleman, Jaina, Maya culture, Late Classic Period, c. 600-900 CE. Campeche, Mexico. Fired clay with remnants of paint. Exhibited at Museum Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland.