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Altar in Temple of the Ways Chacchoben
Imageby Betsy Mark

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...
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.
What's hiding inside Maya glyphs - History of Writing Systems #6 (Syllabary)
Videoby 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
Videoby 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...
The Maya Arch at San Gervasio, Mexico
Imageby James Blake Wiener

The Maya Arch at San Gervasio, Mexico

In Pre-Columbian days, this construction was the entrance or exit to the central part of San Gervasio, leading to the Caribbean coast. Pilgrims and traders would reach the famous sanctuary of the goddess Ix Chel and deposit an offering at...
Maya Temple, Lamanai
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Maya Temple, Lamanai

Mask Temple, Lamanai, Orange Walk District, Belize
The Maya
Imageby James Blake Wiener

The Maya "Small House" Structure at San Gervasio

Due to its architectural characteristics and its reduced size, it is almost certain that this building's use was ceremonial, especially since all that could be done in its interior was to place offerings. "Small house" (or "Chichan Nah" in...
Mexico Yucatán Yukatan UXMAL Mayan Pyramid Ruins Merida Óoxmáal
Videoby 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...
Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche (UNESCO/NHK)
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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...
Xochicalco
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Xochicalco

Xochicalco in central Mexico was an important hilltop centre from the 8th century CE and was a rival and successor of Teotihuacán. Architecture at the site is closely connected to that of the Classic Maya, Teotihuacan, and Veracruz...