The Maya Inventions and Achievements

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The Maya Inventions and Achievements

Maya GlyphsThe Maya invented the most advanced form of writing in the ancient Americas. They used hieroglyphics. The Mayas used about 700 symbols or glyphs. A glyph is a picture or a symbol used to represent a sound, a word, or perhaps a syllable.

The Maya

FoodThe ancient Maya ate well. They hunted wild turkey, monkeys, deer, and ducks. They caught fish. Crops included sweet potatoes, beans, chilies, and squash. Some say the Mayas made the first chocolate drink.The most important crop was corn (maize.) Corn was everything. They made corn flour, all kinds of food and drinks from corn.

Maya StelaA Maya stela is a very large stone slab inscribed with hieroglyphics. The hieroglyphics inscribed on a stela tells a story about a major event. Often, stelas were designed with drawings as well as hieroglyphics so that people could better understand them. A stela might be built to honor any important occasion.

Hieroglyphics were used on temple walls and pillars.

Inventions & Achievements

PotteryThe Mayas made many little pottery figures. These figures were probably used in religious ceremonies.

Mayan CalendarAmong their other accomplishments, the ancient Mayas invented a calendar of remarkable accuracy and complexity.

Dance The Maya loved dance. Their dances included the Monkey, the Grandfather, the Shadow of the Trees, and the Centipede. Dance costumes were colorful, and headdresses were huge!

MusicThe Maya played drums. They rattled turtle shells and played pottery flutes. Many games were accompanied by music and dance.

The Mayan also invented the Chocolate


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