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The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio

Colonnaded halls were very popular among the Maya along Mexico's eastern coast in Pre-Columbian times. At San Gervasio, located on the Mexican island of Cozumel, one can see this Maya "palace" structure in full-view. This structure has benches...
Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel
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Maya Ruins of San Gervasio on Cozumel

This photograph shows some Maya ruins from the San Gervasio archaeological site, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. In the center, one sees the "Niches" structure, which was once composed of miniature shrines that were built...
Temple of the Vessels, Chacchoben
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Temple of the Vessels, Chacchoben

The Temple of the Vessels (Templo de Las Vasijas) at Maya city of Chacchoben, c. 700 CE. Bowls, pitchers, plates and other items used for religious rituals were kept here.
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.
Wall
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Wall

The English word 'wall' is derived from the Latin, vallus meaning 'a stake' or 'post' and designated the wood-stake and earth palisade which formed the outer edge of a fortification. The palisades were in use early on and are mentioned by...
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...
Wanka Civilization
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Wanka Civilization

The Wanka (also Wanca or Huanca) people occupied the highlands of ancient central Peru around Lake Junin and the Manataro, Chanchamayo and Tarma rivers. The culture flourished from the Middle to Late Horizon periods (600 CE - 1532 CE). Dwelling...
Maya Spouted Jar
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Maya Spouted Jar

This spouted vessel is one of the most elegantly sculpted stone containers in the corpus of Maya art. Its form with the vertical spout parallel to the central axis of the main chamber is known from the late 1st millennium B.C. and is especially...
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)