House of the Pigeons, Uxmal
The House of the Pigeons at Uxmal, Mexico. This Maya building is so named because the intricate facade with many apertures resembles a dovecote. It was constructed c. 900 CE.
Uxmal's Pyramid of the Magician
The Pyramid of the Magician, Uxmal, Mexico. The Maya temple was first built in the 6th century CE with additions made up to the 10th century CE.
The Ball Game of Mesoamerica
The sport known simply as the Ball Game was played by all the major Mesoamerican civilizations and the impressive stone courts became a feature of many cities. More than just a game, it could have a religious significance and featured in...
Ancient Maya government was formed on the basis that rulers were thought to have been god-like, which to some might suggest one unified state. However, the consensus amongst anthropologists supports that each major Maya city remained its...
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...
The Mayan Pantheon: The Many Gods of the Maya
The pantheon of the Maya is a vast collection of deities who were worshipped throughout the region which, today, comprises Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and southward through Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador...
Maya Religion: The Light That Came From Beside The Sea
The Mayan religious text, the Popol Vuh (known by many names, among them, The Light That Came From Beside The Sea) is the Quiche Maya story of creation translated into Spanish in the early 18th century CE by the missionary Francisco Ximenez...
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...
Maya Food & Agriculture
For the Maya, reliable food production was so important to their well-being that they closely linked the agricultural cycle to astronomy and religion. Important rituals and ceremonies were held in honour of specialised workers; from beekeepers...