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Mayans: Writing

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Mary Kate Gleason

on 27 January 2013

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Mayan Region Writing: Mayan Civilization Background on Civilization Formative period- . The earliest Maya were agricultural. They grew crops such as corn (maize), beans, squash and cassava (manioc).

Classic period- The Maya grew to 40 plus cities. The Classic Maya built many of their temples and palaces in a stepped pyramid shape, decorating them with elaborate reliefs and inscriptions. These structures have earned the Maya their reputation as the great artists of Mesoamerica. Guided by their religious ritual, the Maya also made significant advances in mathematics and astronomy, including the use of the zero and the development of a complex calendar system based on 365 days Living in the Mayan Culture -The ancient Maya civilization occupied the eastern third of Mesoamerica, primarily the Yucatan Peninsula.
-The topography of the area greatly varied from volcanic mountains, which comprised the highlands in the South, to a porous limestone shelf, known as the Lowlands, in the central and northern regions.
-February to May was the dry season characterized by air that was intensely hot and uncomfortable. At this time of year, the fields had recently been cut and had to be burned in accordance with their slash and burn form of agriculture. Writing in the Mayan Civilization An elaborate system of writing was developed to record the transition of power through the generations. Maya writing was composed of recorded inscriptions on stone and wood and used within architecture. Folding tree books were made from fig tree bark and placed in royal tombs. Unfortunately, many of these books did not survive the humidity of the tropics or the invasion of the Spanish, who regarded the symbolic writing as the work of the devil.
Four books are known today: The Dresden Codex
The Madud Codex The Paris Codex
The Grolier Codex. The priests followed the ruling class in importance and were instrumental in the recordings of history through the hieroglyphs. The two classes were closely linked and held a monopoly on learning, including writing. The hieroglyphs were formed through a combination of different signs which represented either whole words or single syllables. The information could be shown through inscriptions alone, but it was usually combined with pictures showing action to facilitate comprehension. By: Rachel, Liv and Mary Kate Works Cited "Mayan Script." Mayan Hieroglyphic Script and Languages. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.
"Maya Civilization." Maya Civilization. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2013.
"* * Angel Hill Farm * *." Mayan. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.
First Idea. "Mayas in Guatemala." Aroundantigua.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2013.
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