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Changing Worlds: Climate & Disaster in Antiquity
Collectionby Mark Cartwright

Changing Worlds: Climate & Disaster in Antiquity

Although climate change has today become a much bigger and more globalized problem than in the past, ancient peoples did have to contend with local events that severely disrupted or even ended their way of life as they knew it. A long series...
Aztec Empire
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Aztec Empire

A map indicating the maximum extent of the Aztec civilization which flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 CE in what is now Mexico. The three major cities which formed the Aztec Triple Alliance were Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan.
The Tarascan Empire
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The Tarascan Empire

A map of Mexico indicating in green the extent of the Tarascan empire in the late Post-Classic period (1350-1520 CE) and the Tarascan capital of Tzintzuntzan. Indicated in grey is the contemporary Aztec empire.
Interview: The Ancient Southwest
Interviewby James Blake Wiener

Interview: The Ancient Southwest

Pre-Columbian civilizations of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico include the Hohokam who occupied the US state of Arizona, the Anasazi or Ancestral Pueblo Peoples who resided in the Four Corners Region, and the Mogollon who...
Interview: Costa Rica's Jade Museum
Interviewby James Blake Wiener

Interview: Costa Rica's Jade Museum

The Jade Museum (Spanish: Museo del Jade y de la Cultura Precolombina) in San José, Costa Rica houses the world's largest collection of ancient jade from the Americas. With nearly 7,000 pieces in its collection, the artifacts at the...
Temple II, Tikal
Imageby Mike Vondran

Temple II, Tikal

Temple II, Tikal, Guatemala. The temple was used as a tomb, probably for the queen of Maya ruler Jasaw Chan K'awiil (r. 682-734 CE), although, no remains have been discovered. The temple is 42 metres high and faces the larger temple-pyramid...
House of the Governor, Uxmal
Imageby Dennis Jarvis

House of the Governor, Uxmal

The House of the Governor, Uxmal, Mexico. The building was constructed in the 10th century CE to commemorate the reign of Lord Chahk. It was used as a royal palace and administrative centre.
The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico
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The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico

The Temple of the Frescoes dates to around the 11th century CE while the paintings on the walls inside date to 11th-12th centuries CE. A second storey was added later. Two red hand prints can be seen on this second level thought by some scholars...
Detail of Altar Temple of Ways Chacchoben
Imageby Betsy Mark

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.
Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben
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Temple of Las Vasijas at Chacchoben

Temple of Las Vasijas ("the vessels") at Maya site of Chacchoben c. 700 CE.
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