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Copan glyph
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Copan glyph

This ancient Maya glyph represents the city of Copan (also spelled Kopan).
The Pyramid of the Magician
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The Pyramid of the Magician

The Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal, Yucatan rises 115 feet with a base of 227 by 162 feet. It is also known as The Pyramid of the Dwarf and features in the popular Maya legend of the dwarf who became king. Uxmal (whose name means `thrice...
Mayan Ocarina Depicting the Death God Ah
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Mayan Ocarina Depicting the Death God Ah

Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, is often represented as having an owl's head since owls were considered symbols of death to the ancient Maya. This figurine dates to c. 600-800 CE, which coincides with the Classic Period in Mayan history...
Maya Warrior
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Maya Warrior

A seated Maya warrior. This stone and plaster figure is from the exterior of The Temple of the Warriors, Chichen Itza. Mexico, 1000-1100 CE. (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
Changing Worlds: Climate & Disaster in Antiquity
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Changing Worlds: Climate & Disaster in Antiquity

Although climate change has today become a much bigger and more globalized problem than in the past, ancient peoples did have to contend with local events that severely disrupted or even ended their way of life as they knew it. A long series...
Detail of Altar Temple of Ways Chacchoben
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Detail of Altar Temple of Ways Chacchoben

Detail of the sacrificial altar at the Temple of the Ways, Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE.
Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben
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Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben

Temple of Las Vasijas ("the vessels") at Maya site of Chacchoben c. 700 CE.
Altar in Temple of the Ways Chacchoben
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Altar in Temple of the Ways Chacchoben

Temple of the Ways, Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. The altar, in the center of the temple, purposefully resembles a mouth and received sacrificial offerings. This temple continued to be used as a place of worship for centuries after...
What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)
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What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)

Maya glyphs aren't just Mesoamerican eye candy. They're a working writing system! Unlike the thousands of logograms encountered in your journey so far, the Maya syllabary lets you combine a very limited number of syllables into a block...
Dr. Mark Van Stone - How Maya Hieroglyphs are written - Demonstration
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Dr. Mark Van Stone - How Maya Hieroglyphs are written - Demonstration

Mark Van Stone explains how Maya hieroglyphs are constructed, by writing a modern name in phonetic glyphs. Dr. Van Stone is an expert decipherer and calligrapher; author of "2012 - Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya" and co-author of...