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Mayan Ceramics

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Betsy Stemple

on 29 November 2012

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Betsy Stemple Mayan Pottery The study of pottery is important in Mayan culture, because each piece reveals stories of rulers, rituals, the story of the Maya creation, as well as other aspects of the Maya civilization. Introduction mostly architecture
scientific and mathematical achievement
created very accurate calendars
skilled farmers
potters
weavers
could efficiently clear jungles for roads and fields. Jobs within the Mayan Civilization Jobs were not picked or assigned per say they were given to people based on their talents Assignment of Jobs Mayan pottery consisted of kitchen utensils, like bowls, pots and cupsstripes one color only or with beige stripes on red color, and sometimes with simple designs or none at all. Ceramics in the Beginning Many human clay figures started to appear

Maya pottery has always been made of clay:
collected at the river banks
tempered with sand, ashes and tiny stones.

Mayans did not have a potter´s wheel, all the pottery was modeled by hand

The finished ceramic pieces were then placed in the sun to dry and to harden, or put into a large hole in the ground on a fire made with wood, covering the top with a large stone. Once social classes were established pottery became more elaborate in form, design, color, painting techniques and purpose Social Classes The colors used were mainly red, black and brown obtained from natural elements like plants and earth. Colors We can learn a lot from Mayan pottery it reveals stories of rulers, rituals, and the story of the Maya creation Conclusion "Mayan Pottery." Mayan Pottery. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012.<http://www.mayantravelguide.com/mayan-pottery.html>. "Project History." : The Maya Empire. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://project-history.blogspot.com/2005/10/maya-empire-overview.html>. Works Cited
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