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How to Read a Maya Glyph
Article by Lily Ball

How to Read a Maya Glyph

For over three centuries, the ancient Maya flourished in Mesoamerica.  They built giant stone pyramids surrounded by dense jungle, used a calendrical system that made many believe that 2012 would be the end of the world, and created...
The Ball Game of Mesoamerica
Article by Mark Cartwright

The Ball Game of Mesoamerica

The sport known simply as the Ball Game was popular across Mesoamerica and played by all the major civilizations from the Olmecs to the Aztecs. The impressive stone courts became a staple feature of a city's sacred complex and there were...
Mesoamerican Civilizations
Collection by Mark Cartwright

Mesoamerican Civilizations

Ancient Mesoamerica (modern-day Mexico and Central America) witnessed an extraordinary flourishing of cultures from the beginnings of the Olmec civilization around 1200 BCE, through the Maya civilization and on to the catastrophic fall...
Changing Worlds: Climate & Disaster in Antiquity
Collection by Mark Cartwright

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...
The Fall of Civilizations
Collection by Mark Cartwright

The Fall of Civilizations

It seems that civilizations inevitably rise and fall no matter how big or small, and in this collection, we look at some of the most famous, spectacular, and mysterious collapses of cultures from the Romans to the Maya. War, famine, climate...
The Lost Gods: The Maya (Planet Knowledge)
Video by Planet Knowledge

The Lost Gods: The Maya (Planet Knowledge)

We trace the rise and fall of the great civilizations: the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Maya, the Inca and the Celts. In this episode its the turn of the Maya. Find out about this ancient civilisation the customs, buildings, gods...
What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)
Video by NativLang

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
Video by Mark Van Stone

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...
Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche (UNESCO/NHK)
Video by UNESCO TV NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai

Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche (UNESCO/NHK)

Calakmul, an important Maya site set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas of southern Mexico, played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries. Its imposing structures and its characteristic overall...
Mexico Yucatán Yukatan UXMAL Mayan Pyramid Ruins Merida Óoxmáal
Video by Diedrich Saathoff

Mexico Yucatán Yukatan UXMAL Mayan Pyramid Ruins Merida Óoxmáal

Uxmal bezeichnet die Ruinen einer ehemals großen und kulturell bedeutenden Stadt der Maya in Mexiko. Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. Uxmal es una antigua ciudad maya del periodo clásico...