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Mayan archaeology including resources for students and scholars, plus help for visitors to Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras

Mayan archaeology including resources for students and scholars, plus help for visitors to Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras
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Tales of the Maya Skies John Pohl's - Ancient Books - Highland Mexico Codices The following pages are intended as a basic introduction to the codices of highland México. These Pre-Columbian style books were employed by a multi-cultural royal class that dominated central and southern México between 1200-1520. The Mixtec group is basically historical in nature, while the Borgia group emphasizes matters of prophecy. Despite thematic variations, all of the codices prescribe the sacred feasts and festivals that bound royal families together into systems of alliance and mutual obligation. After the conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521, a few learned Spaniards began to collect pictographic books and sent them back to Europe. The differences in ritual and religious behavior reflected in the Borgia Group and Mixtec Group codices extends into the tradition of polychrome "codex-style" ceramics as well.

CHICHEN ARCHIVE & DISCUSSION Chichen Itza Data Archive (c) 2011. Produced by INSIGHT in cooperation with the Chabot Space & Science Center. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation. Tales of the Maya Skies | the National Science Foundation | Chabot Space & Science Center | INSIGHT | CyArk A|R|T|S Lab | Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú | Instituto Politécnico Nacional Please click here to get download rights to the Maya Skies Archive Underwater Archaeology Projects Sweden | Nordic | Europe | World A maritime archaeology project can be anything from a non-vocational wreck documentation to large official investigations. This list offers a selection of more or less current project. The list is far from complete. Sweden Kronan. Other Nordic & Baltic projects NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science & Technology, conducts various Norwegian projects that are presented on their excellent web site. Projects elsewhere in Europe Black Sea Projects. Projects worldwide Port of Alexandria. Old or terminated projects may be found among Nordic or worldwide wrecks.

iximche Chwa Nim Ab'aj es una ciudad Kaqchikel, está al Oriente del territorio, entre los ríos Pixcayá y Motagua, a una altura de 880 mt SNM. Fue desarrollada por una alianza entre los Chajoma y los Akajal. La ciudad tiene seis plazas, dos campos de juego de pelota y más de 100 estructuras monumentales. Se le ha estimado una población entre 1450 a 1600 habitantes. Chwa Nim Ab'aj está a 70 km al Noroeste de la capital de Guatemala, y a unos 50 kms de Iximche'. Coordenadas: Latitud 14° 52.284'N’ ’’, longitud 90° 39.843'O Mapa de Mixco Viejo (Chwa Nim Ab'aj). VIDEO nuevo! Video dirigido por Cleida Cholotío. 5mm. La ciudad de Iximche’ se construyó sobre la cima del monte Ratz’am Ut, uno de los ramales del cerro Tecpán (3,075 Mts). [Ubicación: 14°44'5.59"N - 90°59'43.91"O]. La alta cima tiene la apariencia de un verde pulgar, se extiende de Este a Oeste a lo largo de un kilómetro y medio, a 2,277 metros de altura. Cueva. Ratz’am Ut está rodeada de barrancos y ríos. Estela de Xekohil, a 5 km de Iximche'

WAYEB - European Association of Mayanists - Homepage Menu: MayaPages Organized by Topic Point Communications (now defunct) rated this section in its version of the top 5% of all websites. I am not happy about this, because I think their Review is racist. Here's what they said that really shocked me: "An interview with 1992 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Rigoberta Menchu Tum is the only spot where this site gets a little strident: 'For me, to celebrate the twelfth of October is the absolute expression of triumphism, occupation and presumptuousness, and I think that history will remember those that celebrate it,' she huffs. But the remainder of the site is purely educational...." . Oh really, Miigwetch, you racists. Rigoberta, as many must surely know, had her whole family slaughtered, and she herself was raped and tortured and left for dead by the genocidal military regime of Guatemala, which attempted to prevent her Nobel award and has made many attempts to assassinate her. I recommend her autobiography, I, Rigoberta if you can find it nowadays.

Cosquer Cave by Jean Clottes, Jean Courtin, Luc Vanrell A few facts must be recalled before presenting our new discoveries. The Cosquer Cave (Marseille, France) was discovered in 1985 by a diver, Henri Cosquer, deep under the sea (the original entrance is about 115 feet below present-day sea level) but its paintings were not mentioned until 1991 after three divers died in the cave when they got lost. The gallery slopes up for about 360 feet under water before reaching a huge chamber that partly remained above the sea and where many prehistoric paintings and engravings are preserved on the walls, as well as remains on the ground (charcoal from fires and torches, a few flint tools). This is the only painted cave in the world with an entrance below present-day sea level where cave art has been preserved from the flooding that occurred when the seas rose after the end of the last glaciation (Clottes & Courtin 1994, 1996). Photo Luc Vanrell Photo Jean Clottes Only adult hand stencils have been found.

Civilisation précolombienne: les MAYAS Peuple indien d'Amérique centrale fondateur d'une brillante civilisation précolombienne qui s'étendit sur les territoires actuels des États mexicains des Chiapas et du Yucatán, et sur ceux du Belize, du Guatemala et du Honduras. Aujourd'hui, les Mayas sont quelque 2 millions qui appartiennent au groupe linguistique maya. Dans les forêts tropicales du Petén et sur les terres arides du Yucatán, les Mayas ont, durant plus de deux millénaires, développé une civilisation prestigieuse. Au IXe siècle de notre ère, leurs cités furent peu à peu abandonnées, pour n'être redécouvertes par les explorateurs qu'à partir du XIXe siècle. Les origines Un peuple stable Venus d'Asie par le détroit de Béring, comme tous les peuples américains, les Mayas s'installèrent à une date qui reste encore inconnue sur le territoire actuellement occupé par leurs descendants. L'aire maya Une longue maturation Implantation Des cités autonomes L'époque protoclassique Vers un pouvoir dynastique L'apogée culturel L'écriture maya

Mayan Textiles: Backstrap Looms Using the backstrap loom, a weaver can produce fabric with a plain weave. Most simply, this is an over-under-over-under pattern. Unlike the treadle loom, the backstrap loom allows the weaver to brocade designs into the fabric as it is woven. Brocade can be woven with a supplementary weft, added along with the ground weft. The elaborate brocading of huipils has given Mayan weaving its distinctive character. An orange deer brocaded on a black background; from a Kekchi ceremonial huipil. For a comparison of backstrap and treadle weaving, see this page. A = A cord or rope is used to tie the loom to a tree or post. B = End bars are used to hold the warp (vertical threads) to the upper and lower ends of the loom. C and D = Shed rods maintain the crossing of the warp's threads. E = The heddle rod lifts alternate threads of the warp. F = The batten helps to separate alternate threads of the warp to allow the bobbin (G) to pass through them.

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