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Aztec and Maya Dance __ photos and animations of Aztec and Maya dancers. - From Cultures.com/Fleet Gazelle - http://www.cultures.com/features/dance/dancers.html

Big Water __ Learn about water management of the ancient Maya. This site deals with water management in the city of Palenque. - illustrated - From Mesoweb.com - http://www.mesoweb.com/palenque/features/bigwater.html

Calendopaedia - Mayan Calenders __ An overview of the Maya calendar system. "There were two Mayan Calendars which later influenced the Aztec Calendars. One had 260 days and was a sacred calendar used for worship. The other one consisted of 365 days and was a seasonal calendar used for farming and normal daily life." - From Calendopaedia - http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/7671/mayan.htm

Classical Mayan Civilization __ "The earliest Mayas are thought to have migrated from the northwest coast of California to the Guatemalan highlands during the third millennium B.C." - broad history of Maya and the region - http://www.emayzine.com/lectures/classical%20maya.html


GORP - Ancient Mayan Mexico __ The author of this page has created a down to earth site about the Maya - photos - http://www.gorp.com/gorp/location/latamer/mexico/arc_maya.htm

Head Shaping and Dental Decoration Among the Ancient Maya __ You will need an Acrobat Reader. the paper is about cosmetic deformity among the Maya. You can reach a photo without downloading to PDF. - From Mesoweb.com - http://www.mesoweb.com/features/tiesler/index.html

An Introduction to the Classic Period Maya III ~*Politics*~ __ "There were three main Maya centers, circa 800 BC: Kaminaljuyu, which is buried under Guatemala City, in the highlands, Dzibilchaltun, in the Yucatan, and Tikal, in the central lowlands/Peten. It is said that the Tikal Metropolis was perhaps the most politically powerful of all Maya centers." Learn about the social classes and the political process of the time. - from ancientworlds.net - http://www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Post/117526 



Journey Through Tikal __ "This interactive site explores the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, a city that flourished over 2,000 years ago in Central America." - illustrated - From Studio 360 - http://www.destination360.com/tikal.htm

The Maya Astronomy Page __ About Maya astronomy, writing, and mathematics - illustrated - http://www.michielb.nl/maya/astro.html


Maya Calendar Round __ "While the Maya are known for their phenomenally accurate, complex, calculations of the orbits of stars, planets and moon, and precise reckoning of the solstices and eclipses, there is also an effective, but much more ordinary, almost easy to understand calendar. It wasn't too easy, though: Only shamans could calculate it." You will find a good explanation of what is known as the Calendar Round. - From About.com - http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/weekly/aa101700a.htm
Maya Creator Gods __ You will need Acrobat Reader for this. An excellent paper dealing with Maya Creator Gods including over 60 illustrations - From Mesoweb.com - http://www.mesoweb.com/features/bassie/CreatorGods/CreatorGods.pdf



Mayan Civilization __ A good look at Maya civilization including history, writing, geography and landscape. - From Glenn Welker - http://www.indians.org/welker/maya.htm 

Mayapan __ Overview of the Maya city of Mayapan. Learn about its location, some of its history - From Minnesota state University - http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/archaeology/sites/meso_america/mayapan.html

Palenque Features __ Read about Smoking Lark, the third Palenque leader. - From Mesoweb.com - PDF format only - http://www.mesoweb.com/palenque/features/boot/media/SmokingLark.pdf

Photo Archive - Science Museum of Minnesota __ Dozens of 'titled' photos dealing with the ancient Maya civilization. Excellent resource for illustrating any reports or projects you may be doing. - From Science Museum of Minnesota - http://www.sci.mus.mn.us/sln/ma/teacher.html


Project One: Mayan Architecture  __ A good overview of Maya architecture including pyramids, temples, style, tools, and a lot more. - illustrated - By Christina Moore - http://www.courses.psu.edu/anth/anth008_cmg149/mayan.html

Reconstructing Maya and Zapotec Political Organization __ "Forms of archaeological evidence used to reconstruct Maya and Zapotec political organization include: 1) settlement information such as building size, building function, number of hours to construct, number of occupants, population size, spatial position and what buildings are closest to the central plaza or central ceremonial district e.g. the large elite houses/administrative buildings at Monte Alban; 2) artistic representations which frequently portrayed political symbols, propaganda, conquests of neighboring polities, and..." Much, much more actually. You will find a good article and click-to-read resources. - illustrated - From Kevin L. Callahan - http://www.angelfire.com/ca/humanorigins/political.html 

The Red Queen __ A history and overview of the city of Palenque. - illustrated - From Mesoweb.com - http://www.mesoweb.com/palenque/features/red_queen/01.html



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