Map of the Maya World

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    Description:

    Students explore 15 Maya cities through an interactive map.

    In its heyday from about A.D. 300 to 900, the Maya civilization boasted hundreds of cities across a vast swath of Central America. Now archeological sites, these once-flourishing cities extended from Chichén Itzá in the northern Yucatán to Copán, about 400 miles to the south in modern-day Honduras. Each bore ceremonial centers where theocratic rulers practiced a complex religion based on a host of gods, a unique calendar, and ceremonies that featured a ball game and human sacrifice. The ancient Maya also mastered astronomy, mathematics, art and architecture, and a glyph system of writing on stone, ceramics, and paper. Using the labels on or below the map at left, visit 15 of the better-known Maya sites.

    Publisher:

    NOVA

    URL:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/maya/world.html

    Time Period:

    0300 0900
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Classroom Details

    Grade Level:

    4-8

    Free:

    yes

    Game Length:

    short

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