The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza
This photo shows a stone scoring hoop high on the wall of the Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza. The opposing team's hoop is directly across from the wall in this picture. Players of the game Pok-a-Tok (considered a precursor to the modern...
The Ball Court Temple at Chichen Itza
This small building sits high above the great Ball Court at Chichen Itza and has been identified as a temple from which the priests and royalty would watch the game of Pok-a-Tok played below them.
The Popol Vuh is the story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala. Translated as `The Council Book', The Book of the People' or, literally, `The Book of the Mat', the work has been referred to as "The...
Ball Court and Thone at Chichen Itza
Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza with goal high on wall and king's throne at the far end, c. 750-1200 CE.
Steps of El Castillo Chichen Itza
The steep climb of El Castillo, Chichen Itza, c. 750-1200 CE. Image taken before climbing the pyramid was forbidden.
Temple of the Pillars Chichen Itza
Temple of the Pillars at Chichen Itza c. 750-1200 CE.
Chocolate in Mesoamerica
Chocolate was one of the most desired foods of Mesoamerica and was consumed by the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations, amongst others. Its consumption even spread via trade routes to other parts of the Americas including the Chaco Canyon...
Stairway, Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza
This photo, taken in July of 2005, shows the least often photographed side of the famous El Castillo, also known as The Temple of Kukulcan. Most photographs are taken from the opposite side which has been extensively restored and where people...
The Classic Maya Collapse
The Mesoamerican Terminal Classic period (c. 800-925) saw one of the most dramatic civilization collapses in history. Within a century or so the flourishing Classic Maya civilization fell into a permanent decline when once-great cities were...
The Maya hieroglyphic writing system was a sophisticated combination of pictographs directly representing objects and ideograms (glyphs) expressing more abstract concepts such as actions, ideas and syllabic sounds. Maya writing has survived...