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Uaxactun by Juan Monsivais

Travel to Guatemala's Mayan ruins can be more than just a tour of Tikal. There are other sites to visit as well: El Mirador, Copan, Yaxchilan, Seibal, Quirigua and Uaxactun

Palenque es una de las zonas arqueológicas más importantes y algo de no perderse durante su visita a la parte sur de México

The ancient Mayan city of Palenque, with its superb jungle setting and exquisite architecture and decoration, is one of the marvels of Mexico

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Chris Beatrice produced a series of illustrations recreating ancient Mayan sites for Dig-it Games' “Mayan Mysteries,” a time-traveling mystery adventure game.

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Virtual Reconstructions of Mayan Architecture and Art

The Mayan city of El Mirador was a booming metropolis 900 years before Jesus walked the earth. It is estimated that 100,000 Maya lived in and around the great city. Mysteriously the city was abandoned, repopulated, and then abandoned again. For the past 1000 years the rain forest reclaimed the ruins of El Mirador, which now lies buried beneath ten feet of soil and debris. The painting above was published in a National Geographic article about El Mirador in the 1980s.

defterisk: “ centuriespast: “ The Mayan city of El Mirador was a booming metropolis 900 years before Jesus walked the earth. It is estimated that Maya lived in and around the great city.

The Ball Court at Copan, Honduras, watercolor, Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Photo by Hillel Burger. PM 50-63-20/18488.

The Ball Court at Copan, Honduras, watercolor, Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Photo by Hillel Burger.

La Venta an early Olmec city. The Olmecs were the first civilization to rise in Mesoamerica, though they would not have called themselves Olmec (an Aztec exonym). Civilization in the area exploded with the development of maize which equally revolutionized European agriculture after 1492. Instead of pyramids of stone (which was apparently only abundant enough to use for big ugly stone heads), they were made of earth and clay and thus did not survive the millennia.

Although not the earliest city of the Olmec Civilization, La Venta grew to become its largest. It contained several shapes of earthern mounds that were later built in North America.

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