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The forgotten civilization: Evocative images show how modern-day Mayans have continued traditional way of life

The forgotten civilization: Evocative images show how modern-day Mayans have continued traditional way of life | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Even as anthropologists and archaeologists continue to puzzle over the eclipse of the Mayan empire, the Maya themselves are still here, with estimated 6.2million living in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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great insight on how the culture is kept alive today. Mayans survive through food, clothing, words and traditions that are still practiced today.

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Xunantunich and Cahal Pech in Pictures

Xunantunich and Cahal Pech in Pictures | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

Here's a travel article about Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, with lots of great pictures.  The author correctly calls them DIY sites, and gives the overview of how to get there on one's own.

 

"El Castillo is the second tallest structure in Belize after Caracol.  This is a really impressive site and well worth the effort to get there.  When you get off the ferry at the end you can walk up the river a 100yds to some rapids and take a dip to cool down.  You may see local ladies washing their clothes there too."

 


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The ruins of Tazumal: A visit to the Mayan world

The ruins of Tazumal: A visit to the Mayan world | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
I have always been fascinated with archaeology since I was very young. I dream about temples and sacred sites (Abu Symbel, The Pyramids in Egypt, The Parthenon in Greece, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, Ma...

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pictures of the mayan archaeology. there are paintings and mask and all sorts of artifacts that tells so many stories.  

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Mayan observatory at Chichen Itza | Usksider Photographic

Mayan observatory at Chichen Itza | Usksider Photographic | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

The Mayan civilisation originated around 3,000 years ago in present-day Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. From around AD 250 to AD 900, the Mayan empire flourished then around AD 900, the empire collapsed for ...


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Chichen itza was one of the largest cities ruled by the mayans. today it serves as a favorite tourest attraction in mexico. 

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Bones from human sacrifice at Tenochtitlan ceremonial complex

Bones from human sacrifice at Tenochtitlan ceremonial complex | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Examining the osteological evidence on the bones of human sacrifices found within the ceremonial complex of the great Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan

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Cynia Sapp's curator insight, January 27, 9:10 PM

This article was very disturbing but interesting. I didn't know that the early Aztecs were cannibals. And they ate the flesh of people as part of ceremonial purposes.

Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 14, 12:34 AM

people often forget that Mexico city was built on a fairly significant site for previous cultures. Their dark secrets are constantly being relieved to us. There obsession with sacrifice is fascinating to me as there are few other civilizations as advanced as theirs that involved such ritual brutality.

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What Caused Fire Which Destroyed America’s Most Prosperous Ancient City? | Ancient Origins

What Caused Fire Which Destroyed America’s Most Prosperous Ancient City? | Ancient Origins | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
The ancient Native American city of Cahokia, which was built around 600 AD, was once home to 15,000 inhabitants, stretches of farmland, wealthy communities and surrounded by 120 pyramids similar to Mayan temples.

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Lucero Trejo Guerrero's curator insight, October 11, 2013 7:25 PM

The ancient city of Cakohia was Native Americans land it was build in  600 AD but it was destroyed by a massize blaze in 1170 AD. 

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Blue Creek, Belize: Rise and Fall of a Maya Center

Blue Creek, Belize: Rise and Fall of a Maya Center | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

An easy to read scholarly article about a Maya site in Northwestern Belize.

 

"...Blue Creek is a medium sized Maya center that was occupied from approximately 600BC until approximately AD 1000. Spatially, the “greater” Blue Creek area covers approximately 150 square kilometers. At first appearance, Blue Creek’ central precinct is unexceptional: surrounding its main plaza are 15 meter tall public buildings…but not large by Maya standards. However, just under the surface of Blue Creek, there are surprises to be found..."


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great article of Blue Creek, Belize, a city that thrived for about 400 years. this article explains the high class mayans that lived in this city and the factors that made this city successful for so long. 

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The forgotten civilization: Evocative images show how modern-day Mayans have continued traditional way of life

The forgotten civilization: Evocative images show how modern-day Mayans have continued traditional way of life | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Even as anthropologists and archaeologists continue to puzzle over the eclipse of the Mayan empire, the Maya themselves are still here, with estimated 6.2million living in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

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great insight on how the culture is kept alive today. Mayans survive through food, clothing, words and traditions that are still practiced today.

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Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tomb - Examiner.com

Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tomb - Examiner.com | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Archaeologists enter untouched ancient Mayan tombExaminer.comA team of archaeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History have entered a previously undisturbed tomb in Palenque.

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The Archaeology News Network: Oldest Mayan 'affresco' mural found in Guatemala

The Archaeology News Network: Oldest Mayan 'affresco' mural found in Guatemala | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

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What the ancient Mayans can teach us about health and healing | Science and Technology

What the ancient Mayans can teach us about health and healing | Science and Technology | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
In a time when human beings are suffering from a host of illnesses caused by stress and modern-day living, the need for ancient wisdom has never been more important.

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Maria Flores's curator insight, January 23, 4:03 PM

Ancient wisdom is more important than we think it is. When we are in pain or sick our first reaction is taking medicine. In greece they have a temple they would go to get the pain relieved with spiritual relief.

Raul Banuelos's curator insight, January 24, 9:23 PM

The methods that Mayans used have carried on through history. Their recipies and remedies continue to have an impact on modern day holistic medicine. 

flor molina's curator insight, January 24, 11:49 PM

More people are learning about remedies that Mayans used because it does not have negative side affects like the medicines that are used now in days. A few natural remedies are chia seeds,cacao seeds, and sweat baths. 

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Ancient Mayan Culture Created From Many Influences, Study Finds

Ancient Mayan Culture Created From Many Influences, Study Finds | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
The mysterious origin of the ancient Mayan civilization is a little more complex than the prevailing theories, researchers say.

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The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization

The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

Belize is blessed with an outstanding archaeological heritage of Maya temples and palaces.


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Jimmy Nguyen's curator insight, January 22, 11:22 PM

detailed article about the civilization of the mayans. they were a smart ancient culture that created a very accurate calendar with 365 days in a year!

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There is MUCH more to Peru than Machu Picchu

There is MUCH more to Peru than Machu Picchu | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Although Machu Picchu gets all the fame and glory, there is so much more to do in Peru. We serve up 10 things to do in Peru other than Machu Picchu.

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the mysterious "nazca lines" leaves historians baffled on how they came to be. there is also a sacred valley of the incas to be explored.

 

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Cayo Has Best Mayan Sites

Cayo Has Best Mayan Sites | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

While the list of Belize's amazing Mayan archaeoligical sites should be a top 20, out of the 5 on this list, Cayo has 3: Xunantunich, Caracol, and Actun Tunichil Muknal.  They forgot Cahal Pech and El Pilar.  The article gives great descriptions of the sites, and describes Cayo too: 'laid-back San Ignacio is the quintessential traveler’s hub, the launch pad for exhilarating adventures in the remote Cayo District, a wild place where ancient mysticism and incredible biodiversity coalesce to provide a sensual and cerebral adventure of epic proportions.'

 

"What Xunantunich may lack in scale, it makes up for in its supreme location, crowning a limestone ridge that affords panoramic views of the Cayo District and the patchwork terraces of neighboring Guatemala...  Radiating from the site’s ceremonial axis -- the pyramid of El Castillo -- are a series of residences built for the city’s elite denizens, in addition to a ball court, all which date from the Classic Period, circa A.D. 200 to 900.  Rising from the jungle to a vertigo-inducing 135 feet, El Castillo features restored stucco reliefs that during the city’s heyday would have adorned the perimeter of the entire pyramid.  Despite being one of the most heavily touristed of Belize’s Maya ruins, in part due to its accessibility, a supernatural aura holds sway.  The name, Xunantunich, translated as 'Stone Woman,' dates to the late 19th century when, so myth and legend has it, a female figure dressed in white ascended the stairs of El Castillo before vanishing into the temple’s stone walls.  The city reached its zenith around A.D. 750 before an earthquake, interpreted by the Maya as the wrath of God, precipitated its demise."


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The Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza - Where's Sharon? - Travels with Kids - Family Travel Blog

The Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza - Where's Sharon? - Travels with Kids - Family Travel Blog | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Details and experiences completing a day trip to Chichen Itza on local transportation from Valladolid (The Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza http://t.co/eYmvFDfBP5 #Mexico)...

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impressive descriptions of the city of chichen itza. it was once the largest city of the mayans. 

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The Archaeology News Network: 400 animal species were offered to gods in Tenochtitlan

The Archaeology News Network: 400 animal species were offered to gods in Tenochtitlan | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

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Aztec sacrifices at Tenochtitlán : Past Horizons Archaeology

Aztec sacrifices at Tenochtitlán : Past Horizons Archaeology | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

Offerings in the ancient Templo Mayor in Tenochtitlán (now in modern Mexico City) have been linked to the cycle of the agricultural seasons and involved human sacrifice to Quilaztli Cihuacóatl, one of the  Aztec goddesses of earth and fertility.


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David Connolly's curator insight, February 21, 2013 4:11 PM

Bit of a mixed feeling about this one.   but fascinating insight into the dark mind of the Aztec Priest.   Did they really believe this was needed?   

Janelix Lourido's comment, March 5, 2013 8:49 PM
Los sacrificios humanos fueron muy practicados por la mayoría sino por todas las civilizaciones pre colombinas ya que por medio de estos se mantenían en contacto con sus deidades y estas contentas con sus ofrendas le retribuían en cosechas abundantes, evitando sequías y otros fenómenos naturales.
joseph mora's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:19 PM

the Aztecs would perdorm rituals and sacrifices

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Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth

Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

The ancient Maya city of Head of Stone—a hundred buildings buried under rain forest—has emerged via 3-D mapping.


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head stone was a city that mayans used for crowning royalty. it was hidden for a number of years but was recently discovered by a trail left by theives. 

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Mexico finds 2 sculptures of Mayan warriors | Deseret News

Mexico finds 2 sculptures of Mayan warriors | Deseret News | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
MEXICO CITY — Mexican archaeologists have found two 1,300-year-old limestone sculptures of captured Mayan warriors that they say could shed light on

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amazing how archeologist can come up with conclusions from artifacts. the hieroglyphic inscriptions on these statues shed light on the wars that took place between mayan cities.

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'Most ancient' Mayan tomb found

'Most ancient' Mayan tomb found | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

ne of the oldest Mayan tombs ever found has been uncovered in western Guatemala, say archaeologists.Located at a temple site in Retalhuleu province, the grave is thought to be that of an ancient ruler or religious leader who lived some 2,000 years ago.

Carbon-dating indicated the tomb had been built between 700 and 400 BC, said government archaeologist Miguel Orrego.

A rich array of jade jewels, including a necklace depicting a vulture-headed human figure, were found.


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2012 Mayan Doomsday Countdown: 5 Ancient Must-Visit Ruin Sites on Dec 21 to Celebrate Mayan New Year (VIDEOS)

2012 Mayan Doomsday Countdown: 5 Ancient Must-Visit Ruin Sites on Dec 21 to Celebrate Mayan New Year (VIDEOS) | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Although speculations continue to grow if the world would end based on a Mayan calendar prediction as Dec 21, 2012 fast approaches, the feared apocalypse appears dimmer as scientists, the church and even Mayan descendants debunked the belief.

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David Connolly's curator insight, December 17, 2012 1:51 AM

A light hearted look at what is really important. >   the archaeology sites.  don't worry about apocalypse get booking to see these places.  

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Equinox Tour of Belize’s Caracol Mayan Ruins

Equinox Tour of Belize’s Caracol Mayan Ruins | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

Well written article about the overnight in Caracol.  The next one is on the Summer Solstice.  Contact NICH at iaresearch57@gmail.com for more details.  As always, there are great words describing Dr. Jaime Awe.

 

"Although clearly a scholar, Dr. Awe has an appealing personality and an infectious sense of humor.  He was not at all the serious, elderly professor of archaeology I had expected.  He is quite youthful in appearance, although he must be in his mid to late 50s, given his years of study and field work.  He is an engaging speaker and tour guide.  It was a delight to accompany him on his journey into an long past era at the Caracol site..


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great article that goes into depth about the special buildings mayans built during the time of their civilization. the explorer even compares speciic buildings to modern buildings today.

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The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization

The Belize Maya Guide, with all the facts on the Mayan Civilization | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it

Belize is blessed with an outstanding archaeological heritage of Maya temples and palaces.


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detailed article about the civilization of the mayans. they were a smart ancient culture that created a very accurate calendar with 365 days in a year!

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Ancient mayan religion-Ancient Scripts: Maya | All electronic devices

Ancient mayan religion-Ancient Scripts: Maya | All electronic devices | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Maya civilization - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ancient mayan religion Since Preclassic times the Maya conceived the Cosmos as a structure divided.

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The Inca City of Cusco: A Fascinating Look at the Most Important City in the Inca Empire

The Inca City of Cusco: A Fascinating Look at the Most Important City in the Inca Empire | Chichen Itza, Palenque, Merida, Tulum, Tikal | Scoop.it
Cusco or Q’osqo as it was known during Inca times was the most powerful and important city in the entire Inca Empire. It was the birth place of the Incas and over time grew to become the governing ...

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this article really explains the history of the incan empire. even goes into legendary tales of how the civilization started.

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Stacy Cramer's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:41 PM

A look at the intriguing Inca city of Cusco.