The Mayan Empire
NIcole C., Macie H., Ally L., & Caleb B.
- Peasants were farmers
- Women stayed home, making and raising children
- Men fought and hunted
- The ruler (Pacal) was to be descended from God
- There was a hereditary ruling class
Economy & Trade
Their economy didn't use money, because there was no universal form of currency within the civilization. All of their valuable items would vary in value from city to city.
Where the Mayan Empire was
- In Central America
- Maya comes from the Ancient Yycatan city of Mayapan
- Inhabited the lands comprising modern day day Yycantan, Quintana, Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas in Mexico and Southward through Guatamala, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras
Mayans didn't use basic agricultural methods to grow crops such as crop rotation and irrigation. They simply used stone tools to break up the dirt and remove the underbrush.
- They were influenced by the Olmec
- The writing system was based on hieroglyphics, written on bark that was folded like an accordian
- The calendar was called long count, based on cycles of creation and destruction
- Their houses built of adobe and thatch
- The central pyramid topped by a shrine