Yesterday, archeologists announced the discovery of Mayan art and calculations on walls of a collapsed room. Because of the big “media splash” made by the announcement, and because of my own personal interest in the Maya (I’ve visited many Mayan ruins throughout Central America), I thought I’d make a quick related “The Best..” list.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya:
Mayan calendar: excavation reveals mural of ancient calculations – interactive comes from The Guardian.
When It Comes to Water, We’re All Maya Now is from National Geographic.
Here are videos from The History Channel on Chichen Itza
And, of course, I have to include resources on the supposed Mayan “end of the world” prediction:
The Long Count is an interactive from The New York Times, with an accompanying article.
The World Won’t End in 2012 is a video of Neil DeGrasse Tyson:
Living Maya Time is from the Smithsonian.
Google Arts & Culture Unveils Huge Online Exhibit About The Maya
Google Unveils “Exploring the Maya World” Interactive
Google unveiled an online video called called The Descent of the Serpent.
The game involves retrieving the lost objects and returning them to Chichen Itza in time for the solar equinox. That’s when the sun casts a shadow on the carvings in a way that resembles a snake descending the monument’s steps — which inspires the game’s name. As part of the challenge, players are invited to learn surprising, impressive and interesting aspects about ancient Mesoamerican cultures, and face mythological figures who’ll test the knowledge they’ve collected throughout the adventure.
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Thanks for sharing these super resources. Next time that you are here in Mexico on a Mayan adventure, please look me up! –Frank
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