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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...
Pakal the Great & Xibalba
Imageby Marcellina Rodriguez

Pakal the Great & Xibalba

A reproduction of the sarcophagus lid of the Maya ruler of Palenque, King Pakal the Great, also known as K'inich Janaab' Pacal (23 March 603 CE - 31 March 683 CE). In this detail the king is falling into the terrible jaws of the Maya underworld...
Chichen Itza
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Chichen Itza

The Castillo pyramid at the Maya (and possibly later Toltec) centre of Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico. The pyramid was a temple built in honour of the Maya feathered-serpent god Kukulkan.
Maya Tikal Glyph
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Maya Tikal Glyph

The Maya glyph for Tikal. From a stela in the Archaeological Museum of Tikal.
Maya Urn with Jaguar Figure & Skulls
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Maya Urn with Jaguar Figure & Skulls

A polychrome urn with a jaguar figure and skulls. Classic Maya, 600-900 CE, Guatemala. (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore)
Maya Incense Burner
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Maya Incense Burner

A Maya incense burner in the form of Itzamnaaj. The god wears a costume with feline headdress. Painted ceramic, c. 1200-1521, Peten, Guatemala (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
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)
The Maya Altar at San Gervasio
Imageby James Blake Wiener

The Maya Altar at San Gervasio

This structure had a ceremonial use for the Maya people as it lies in the middle of the plaza at San Gervasio, which is located on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. It therefore must have served as a dais from which the speaker addressed the...
Maya Tripod Bowl
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Maya Tripod Bowl

3-4th century CE, Guatemala, Mesoamerica. Metropolitan Museum of Art A favored vessel type of the Maya lowlands was one made in the shape of a tropical bird, perhaps a cormorant, in the act of catching a fish in its beak. The bird's forehead...