Search
Search

Collection

Mayan Culture

This collection contains a selection of content from NG Education about Mayan culture. Use search to find more.

A temple rises from Uxmal, a Mayan city on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Mayan civilization, which thrived until the arrival of European explorers in the 15th century, was the only civilization in the Americas to have a fully developed written language.

Photograph by Mireya Cortes, My Shot

Active Filters: 

Showing results 1 - 17 of 17  

Flying Robots and the Search for Lost Cities -- National Geographic
Page
EDUCATION

Flying Robots and the Search for Lost Cities -- National Geographic

Drone technology brings engineers and archaeologists together in their mission to survey Maya sites.

  • Concepts: about, archeaology, dominique meyer, dominique rissolo, drones, facts, information, information, maya, mexico, young explorer grant
The Mayan Story of Creation
Video
EDUCATION

The Mayan Story of Creation

Watch this video and learn about the ancient Mayan perception of creation as Morgan Freeman participates in a traditional Mayan ceremony and explores the ruins of Tikal.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: archaeology, maya, religion
1997 The Mesoamericans
Image
EDUCATION

1997 The Mesoamericans

This artistic rendering of the Mayan city-state of Palenque during its heyday accompanied the 1997 supplement map of Mesoamerican cultures.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: central america, maya, mexico, north america, palenque, timelines
A Maya Kingdom Falls . . . and Another Rises
Historic Article
EDUCATION

A Maya Kingdom Falls . . . and Another Rises

On January 16, 378, a Maya king, Jaguar Paw, was killed in what is now Tikal, Guatemala. The conquering army did not destroy the Maya, however—it expanded the Maya sphere of influence to its greatest height.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: cities, civilizations, guatemala, kingdoms, maya, mesoamerica, teotihuacán, trade
1968 Archeological Map of Central America, Land of the Feathered Serpent
Image
EDUCATION

1968 Archeological Map of Central America, Land of the Feathered Serpent

Take a trip through the land of the feathered serpent with this archeological map of Central America. Half of a two-map set published in October 1968, this educational map features an abundance of information on intriguing civilizations and the temples, pyramids, and ruins they left behind.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: archaeology, central america, guatemala, historical maps, honduras, maya, mesoamerica, mexico, teotihuacán, tikal, yucatán peninsula
El Castillo, Chichen Itza
Photo
EDUCATION

El Castillo, Chichen Itza

Photo: Chichen Itza Pyramid during Autum Equinox in Mexico.

  • Concepts: ancient civilizations, chichen itza, mexico, maya, pyramids, tourism
Underwater Archaeologist: Dr. Guillermo de Anda
Article
EDUCATION

Underwater Archaeologist: Dr. Guillermo de Anda

Guillermo de Anda is an underwater archeologist who specializes in the search for Mayan artifacts. By diving in caves and cenotes, he is able to recover treasures that have been long lost for hundred of years.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: archaeology, caves, cenotes, emerging explorers, guillermo de anda, maya, mexico, real-world geography
Technology, Rainwater, and Survival of the Maya
Article
EDUCATION

Technology, Rainwater, and Survival of the Maya

Video. The ancient Maya had their own version of this sort of landscape-altering infrastructure. The region of the Yucatan Peninsula called the “Puuc” [Pook] has no natural water sources -- no streams, lakes, rivers, or springs -- so the Maya had to use ingenuity to figure out how to sus...

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: ancient civilizations, chultun, engineering, maya, mexico, water
Changing Climate and the Maya
Article
EDUCATION

Changing Climate and the Maya

New data suggests climate—specifically, severe drought—played a key role in the collapse of the Maya civilization.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: climate change, geology, maya, mexico, sediment cores
Modern Day Maya
Article
EDUCATION

Modern Day Maya

This segment blends the faces of modern day Maya in the Yucatan with recreation actors in ancient Maya costumes, and teaches a final lesson about Mayan "collapse". The Maya are still in the Yucatan. It's just that their existence has changed.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: human geography, maya, mexico, modern day
Remains of a Thriving Civilization
Article
EDUCATION

Remains of a Thriving Civilization

Video. This segment discusses an ancient Mayan city called Xocnacah [Shoke-nuh-kay]. It was a massive city with a central platform structure that rose 30 ft high and held thousands of people in an area the size of 4 football fields!

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: artifacts, maya, mexico, plaza, xocnacah
Mayan Caves: Places of Sacred Rituals
Article
EDUCATION

Mayan Caves: Places of Sacred Rituals

This segment explores the significance of caves for the ancient Mayan people. Archeologist Fatima Tec Poole investigates a newly -discovered cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and discovers evidence that it was once an important site of Mayan pilgrimage and ritual.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: archaeology, caves, deity, maya, mexico, rituals
Clues to Mayan Prosperity
Article
EDUCATION

Clues to Mayan Prosperity

Archaeologist Stephanie Simms analyzes teeth from a human burial found at an ancient hilltop mansion called "Stairway to Heaven." She’s seeking clues about who lived there. Was this the royal palace of a Mayan king?

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: diet, food, maya, mexico, middle class, teeth analysis
Archaeologist and Anthropologist: Dr. Lisa J. Lucero
Article
EDUCATION

Archaeologist and Anthropologist: Dr. Lisa J. Lucero

This archaeologist is studying how the ancient Maya used cenotes and other features of their tropical landscape.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: archaeology, freshwater, history, latin america, lisa lucero, maya, real-world geography
Water World
Article
EDUCATION

Water World

Cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula may have had spiritual importance to the ancient Maya.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: anthropology, archaeology, belize, cenotes, expeditions, freshwater, history, latin america, maya