Mayan Society - I Mayan a Peaked 300 900 C.E b 80 or more...

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I. Mayan a. Peaked 300 – 900 C.E. b. 80 or more city-states i. Tikal – 40,000 inhabitants ii. Perpetual warfare 1. POWs, slaves, human sacrifice c. First heirs to the Olmecs d. Terracing i. Improves irrigation ii. Captures water and silts iii. Applied engineering skills e. Cacao beans i. Exchanged as currency f. Decline – 800 to 900 C.E. i. Invasion ii. Failure of water system iii. Civil war iv. Population escaped agricultural production g. Social organization
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Unformatted text preview: i. Kings, Royal families ii. Priests 1. Astronomy & mathematics 2. Predicted solar/lunar eclipses 3. Concept of zero 4. Solar & ritual calendars 5. iii. Large hereditary land-owners h. Cultural i. Literature 1. Destroyed during invasion by Spanish missionaries i. Religion i. Creation myth 1. God created humans out of maize & water ii. Spilling blood to appease the god iii....
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  • Winter '08
  • Lee
  • Mesoamerica, Maya civilization, Large hereditary land-owners

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