maya. Origins of ancient maya



To this day little is known about the origins of the This is due to location the lush humid climate just isn't good for preservation or remains. But near the mexican border on the pacific coast of Guatemala, village settlements with strong cultural similarities to the later maya were found dating back to second millennium B.C. these settlements were established by farmers in southern highland and central lowlands regions after 800 B.C.
Around 600 to 400 B.C. these settlements grew larger more urban and ceremonial, the tropical rainforest in Tiki becoming an important ceremonial center. Builders around 300 to 100 B.C. began building large complex temples and pyramids containing mask with definite olmec influence
one example of a mayan mask
one example of a mayan mask
temple found in Tikal
temple found in Tikal