How the Mayan Calendar Works"
Most people around the globe look at some form of a calendar every single day. Business executives check to see when their meetings are scheduled. The busy mom confirms soccer practices and piano lessons. College students ensure that their papers are turned in on time and they have plenty of time to study for exams. For the people of ancient Maya, calendars were just as important to daily life as they are to people today. The Mayans originated in a region called Mesoamerica, or Middle America. Mayan history is broken into three periods: Formative or Pre-classic - 2000 B.C. until A.D. 300Classic - 300 until 900Post-classic - 900 until the Spanish Inquisition in the 1400s Mesoamericans began writing during the mid-Pre-classic period. The Mayans placed great value in recording their people's history. But in order to decipher these different calendars, you'll first need a brief lesson in Mayan math.
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