Maya Daily Life

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Over many centuries, Maya civilization flourished at a number of powerful centers throughout what is now southern Mexico and northern Central America. At such sites as Bonampak, Chichén Itzá, Copán, Palenque, Tikal, and Uxmal, archaeologists have found an array of evidence demonstrating Maya architectural skill, artistic creativity, cultural traditions, and military and political power. Such evidence ranges from observatories to pyramids to sculpture commemorating kings.

In this activity, students will learn about the unique features of Maya culture and daily life, including writing, architecture, astronomy, religion, and trade. They will then embark on a journey through the archaeological record to connect what they have learned to an analysis of Maya artifacts.

This article is part of ABC-CLIO’s Daily Life through History database, an exploration of the daily lives of ordinary people through time and across the globe, examining aspects of family life, work, food, clothing, sports, language, literature, education, gender roles, and more! Click here to activate your free preview of this database and gain access to more than 9,000 primary and secondary sources covering the breadth of historical eras and geographic contexts, from ancient Egypt to medieval Europe to modern China.

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