Key Terms and People
elite: An elite is a small group of highly privileged or skilled people.
hieroglyph: a symbol that stands for a word, idea, or sound
codex: an ancient book that was written by hand
Pacal: a great king that ruled the city of Palenque between A.D. 615 and 683
18 Rabbit: a king that ruled Copan at its height
stela: a carved stone slab or pillar usually created to celebrate an event or a person
Advances in Learning
Summary: The Mayas developed a complex writing system and excelled in astronomy and math. Surviving buildings and artifacts show the great skill of Maya artists and architects.
Study Guide Questions
What did the Maya astronomers and mathematicians accomplish?
Why was the construction of Maya cities so difficult?
What Kind of Writing System Did the Mayas Have?
Why was the writing system important for other Maya advances in learning?
What were the main features of Maya cities?
How might the rain forest have affected the preservation of Maya cities?
|Homework: Choose one