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Mayans History Final Alex


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Mayans History Final Alex

  1. 1. Mayans History Presentation By Quoc Phan
  2. 2. Mayans History <ul><li>When the Olmec rulers began to lose control of their country about 600 BC , new leaders came forward and took over ruling in Central America (modern Guatamala). These were the Maya. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mayans History <ul><li>Archaeologists divide Maya history into four time periods, the Pre-Classic, the Classic, and the Post-Classic. </li></ul><ul><li>The Pre-Classic period begins about 700 BC, about the height of the Assyrian Empire in West Asia , or the Etruscans in Italy . </li></ul><ul><li>At this time, the Maya were beginning to build stone temples like the ones the Olmec had built before them. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mayans History <ul><li>The Classic Maya period began about 250 BC. During the Classic period, the Maya (MY-ah) built many cities with stone buildings and many more stone temples. </li></ul><ul><li>People carved inscriptions on these temples, saying who had built them and in what year. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mayans History <ul><li>This is the first evidence of writing from North or South America , so it may be the Maya who invented writing in this area. </li></ul><ul><li>Around 900 AD , though, the Maya people abandoned many of these cities and temples, and kept on with their traditions mainly in the northern part of their country, the northern Yucatán. </li></ul><ul><li>This would be about the time of the Abbasid Empire in West Asia. </li></ul>
  6. 6. This is the Mayans Alphabet
  7. 7. Mayans History <ul><li>In this Post-Classic period, after about 900 AD, people mostly stopped carving inscriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>They kept on building some temples and other stone buildings, but they don't seem to have been doing as well as they were in the Classic period. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Post-Classic period, the Maya were more open to learning from their neighbors, especially the Aztec people to their north, in Mexico . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mayans History <ul><li>In the end, however, the arrival of Spanish invaders in 1519 AD brought smallpox and measles to the Maya, and most people died of these diseases. </li></ul><ul><li>The few who survived could not defend their country against the Spanish invaders, and so Central America was taken over by the Spanish king. </li></ul>
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