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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.
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).
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.
The Caracol, Chichen Itza
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The Caracol, Chichen Itza

The Caracol or Observatory of Chichen Itza, Mexico. Constructed prior to 800 CE, this Maya building was used as an astronomical observatory, especially of Venus.
Chocolate Beaker
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Chocolate Beaker

Vase for pouring chocolate, earthenware, Belize, Late Classic Maya, Altun-Ha style. (De Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco)
Copan glyph
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Copan glyph

This ancient Maya glyph represents the city of Copan (also spelled Kopan).
Temple at Tulum by Catherwood
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Temple at Tulum by Catherwood

In the early 1840's Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens extensively explored many of the ruined cities of the ancient Maya. Catherwood's drawings complemented Stephens' text in his best-selling books Incidents of Travel in Central...
Stele of Kai
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Stele of Kai

Limestone stele of Kai, chief of the desert hunters, with his favorite hound gods. Kai wears a wig and holds a bow and arrows. A female figure (Kai's wife or mother) stands behind him and puts her left hand on his shoulder. She wears a wig...
Reconstruction of Nohoch Mul Pyramid
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Reconstruction of Nohoch Mul Pyramid

A digital reconstruction of Ixmoja, the tallest pyramid in the Nohoch Mul pyramid complex. From the Maya city of Coba, near modern day Tulum, Mexico. Made by NeoMam Studios and THISISRENDER in collaboration with Expedia. (Republished with...
Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal
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Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal

The Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal, Mexico. The Maya temple was first built in the 6th century CE with additions made up to the 10th century CE.