How Old Are the Mayan Ruins?

An old but interesting read on the age of the ancient Maya ruins:

ON THE AGE OF MAYA RUINS

BY CHARLES P. BOWDITCH

(From the American Anthropologist (N. S.), Vol. 3, October-December, 1901)

NEW YORK
G. P. PUTNAM’S SONS
1901


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ON THE AGE OF MAYA RUINS

By CHARLES P. BOWDITCH

The inscription lately discovered in Chichen Itza by Edward H. Thompson, United States Consul at Merida, is of more than passing interest. It contains an Initial Series of glyphs, which, so far as I know, gives the only initial date that has been found in the northern part of Yucatan. (more…)

Mayan Customs

The Maya were a civilization with some of the most eccentric types of customs ever known to man.  Actually, not all of its Mayan customs were that eccentric.  The fact of the matter is, a few of their customs are akin to other different customs from different countries around the world.  However, a few of them were really considered by most people as eccentric. Well, after all, these customs of the Maya were thriving before the Spaniards came and took over their lands hundreds of years ago and most of their customs were existing thousands of years before that. (more…)

Mayan Sculpture

Egypt and Rome were among the earliest human civilizations and so were the Maya.  The Mayans can be considered as one of the earliest developed human civilization because they were noted for the fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, meaning, before Columbus even discovered America.  It is a Mesoamerican civilization and it was discovered that the Mayans were well-known for their art, architecture, mathematical and astronomical systems.  So that one can fully imagine what a Mayan civilization looks like, think of it as today’s New York City or London, England.

There are many things that people find fascinating about Maya and the Mayans. Among them is Mayan sculpture.  Most of the sculptures that were found are made of stone.  One can see the main sculptural style of the Mayans in Izapa, a large settlement on the Pacific coast where one can find a lot of stelas and frog-shaped altars.  (more…)

Mayan Culture

They Mayan culture is undeniably known for their love of art. It can be seen through their sculptures especially on their altars and one can even see the Mayan culture in each of the bodies of the Mayan themselves through tattoos.  The fact of the matter is Mayan-inspired tattoos are now very popular in the modern world.

Little was known about the Mayan culture and the whole Mayan civilization in general since they have seemingly disappeared without a trace and only the remains of their civilization can be seen by tourists from all over the world.  In general, the Mayan civilization and culture were among the originals of the New World and  has spanned for more than 3,000 years.  Their original home turf was the Yucatan Peninsula on the eastern part of the Mesoamerica.  Based on the findings of archaeologists and anthropologists, the Mayan civilization was densely populated and one can even compare the Mayan civilization to that of New York City or London today in terms of population.  (more…)

Mayan Artwork

The Mayan artwork is very distinctive when it comes to style and the medium they were using during the time their civilization were in power.  It was during the later Pre-classic period, which is 500 B.C. to 200 A.D., that these art works of the Mayas have started to take shape as it evolve. However, Mayan art work later bloomed into something that can be considered as epic during the seven centuries of the Classic period which was from 200 to 900 A.D.  Unfortunately, with the discovery of this ancient New World, most of the art work of the Mayans such as their paintings, sculpture and wood carvings were destroyed by the Spaniards because they were considered as items of idolatry.  However, a few Mayan art works have survived the “art work holocaust” and even survived the test of time paving the way for the interest of our modern civilization for the ancient Mayan artworks.  (more…)