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Everything You Need to Know About the Ancient Maya Food Culture
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Everything You Need to Know About the Ancient Maya Food Culture

Everything You Need to Know About the Ancient Maya Food Culture
How to read a Maya glyph
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How to read a Maya glyph

Learn the basics for how to read ancient Maya, and learn to read the glyph for chocolate: cacao!
National Geographic Live! - Palenque and the Ancient Maya World
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National Geographic Live! - Palenque and the Ancient Maya World

Archaeologists and National Geographic grantees George and David Stuart offer keen insights into the art and culture of the Mayans.
Maya Site of Copan (UNESCO/NHK)
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Maya Site of Copan (UNESCO/NHK)

Discovered in 1570 by Diego García de Palacio, the ruins of Copán, one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization, were not excavated until the 19th century. The ruined citadel and imposing public squares reveal the three main...
Maya Spouted Jar
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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...
Remnants of Maya Ruins at San Gervasio, Mexico
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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 Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel, Mexico
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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
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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
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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.
Clay Maya Nobleman Figure
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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.