The Mystery of the Mayans<br />Mayan Civilization<br />
Mayan City-States<br />The Mayans settled in Petén, the Mayan word for “flat region”.<br />This city is present day Guatem...
Life in Mayan Cities<br />The rulers of the Mayan cities claimed they were the descendents of the sun and had the right to...
Mayan Inventions<br />The Mayan priests thought that gods revealed their plans through movements of the sun, moon, and sta...
Where are the Mayans today?<br />The Mayans disappeared many years ago and it is unclear what happened to their civilizati...
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This PowerPoint was made by Kendra Cook. The material was adapted from "Journey Across Time," Glencoe, 2005.

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The mystery of the mayans

  1. 1. The Mystery of the Mayans<br />Mayan Civilization<br />
  2. 2. Mayan City-States<br />The Mayans settled in Petén, the Mayan word for “flat region”.<br />This city is present day Guatemala. <br />The area had swamps and sinkholes which gave them a year-round source of water. <br />
  3. 3. Life in Mayan Cities<br />The rulers of the Mayan cities claimed they were the descendents of the sun and had the right to rule as “god-kings”.<br />Mayans believed in human sacrifice. <br />Religion was at the core of Mayan life. <br />A huge pyramid with a temple at the top towered over every city. <br />
  4. 4. Mayan Inventions<br />The Mayan priests thought that gods revealed their plans through movements of the sun, moon, and stars. This made them study the heavens closely.<br />Mayans invented a 365 day calendar for planting, developed a mathematics system, and created a written language. <br />
  5. 5. Where are the Mayans today?<br />The Mayans disappeared many years ago and it is unclear what happened to their civilization. <br />http://www.history.com/videos/in-search-of-history-the-disappearance-of-the-maya#in-search-of-history-the-disappearance-of-the-maya<br />

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