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Introduction to Mayan Kids

Today the Maya homeland is being studied by archaeologists. They unearth buildings to reconstruct local cultures. They date and compare artifacts to determine where the Maya traded and what their daily lives were like.

They work with botanists, who study ancient pollen to detect changes in the climate and environment, and art historians who examine art and architecture.

Epigraphers decipher hieroglyphs to recover the history and stories from the Mayas. Just 30 years ago, a team of scientists figured out that the Maya clearly used complex sentence structure. Before then scientists thought the glyphs (the pictures that stand for words) were lists of dates and heroic feats. The Maya wrote stories that used plays on words and other language techniques. Led by expert scientists, hundreds of students continue to solve the mysteries. They work in thatched huts and work under the direction of Maya archaeologists.

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Tonina Doorway

Tonina (ToninĂ¡ in the Spanish language) is a pre-Columbian archaeological site and ruined city of the Maya civilization located in what is now the state of Chiapas, Mexico, some 13 km (8.1 mi) east of the town of Ocosingo.

The site is medium in size, with groups of temple-pyramids. The largest is about 250 feet high. There is a large court for playing the Mesoamerican ballgame, and over 100 carved monuments, most dating from the Maya Classic Era from the 6th century through the 9th century. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

tonina – doorway, originally uploaded by twopercent222.

Lower photo from Wikipedia