A History of the Mayan Civilization
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The paper explores the history of the Maya, a group of people of southern Mexico and northern Central America with some three thousand years of loaded history. The paper examines the Maya during the Classic era, the Early Classic era, the Terminal Classic era and the Post-Classic era, and describes the features of Mayan society. The paper looks at the Spanish invasion of the Maya lands in the 1520s and also shows how the Maya people share a lot of features with other Mesoamerican civilizations.
From the Paper:"The Maya are a group of people of southern Mexico and northern Central America with some three thousand years of loaded history. The Maya were a division of the Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian civilizations. Dissimilar to popular belief, the Maya people never vanished completely, there are millions that still live in the area, and a lot of them still speak one of the many Maya languages (A Brief History of the Mayan Civilization, 2011). The Maya are perhaps the most well known of the traditional civilizations of Mesoamerica. Mayan history began in the Yucatan around 2600 B.C., Mayan history grew to fame around A.D. 250 in contemporary southern Mexico, Guatemala, western Honduras, El Salvador, and northern Belize (Mayan History, n.d.).
"Building on the innate inventions and thoughts of previous civilizations such as the Olmec, the Maya advanced astronomy, calendrical systems and hieroglyphic writing. The Maya are well known for complicated and extremely ornamented ceremonial architecture, comprising temple-pyramids, palaces and observatories, all constructed without metal apparatus. Mayan history demonstrates that they were also accomplished farmers, clearing large pieces of tropical rain forest and, where groundwater was scarce, constructing large underground reservoirs for the storage of rainwater. The Maya were similarly accomplished as weavers and potters, and cleared paths through jungles and swamps to encourage far-reaching trade networks with far-away peoples (Mayan History, n.d.)."
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