Nobody knows where they came from, but
about 2,400 years ago, a new tribe appeared in Central America. They
settled in the rainforests of the Yucatan Peninsula. They were very
clever people. They set about making cities in the rainforest, many
beautiful cities. They did not use metal tools. They built huge cities
using stone tools and wood tools, and tools made from shells. Before
very long, the Maya had built hundreds of cities. The cities were
connected with well built roads that run through the rainforests and
jungles on the Yucatan Peninsula.
For about 1,300 years, the Maya made
their home in Central America. Every city had a ball court, temples, and
a central plaza. Each city was a center of learning and religion.
Around 900 CE, the Maya cities were
deserted. Some people remained, and their descendants still live in
Central America today. But most of the people left. They either moved
somewhere or ... nobody knows. Without anyone to take care of them, the great Maya cities fell
into ruin. That's why the Maya are called "the mysterious
Maya" - nobody knows where they came from, and nobody knows where
they went. It is a history mystery.
Archaeologists are very curious about
these ancient people. Although they know there are ruins of many Maya
cities hidden in the jungle, and suspect there may be more cities yet to be
discovered, it's difficult (and dangerous) to look for them. But that
has not stopped archaeologists from trying.
Maya Mystery (winner, thinkquest)
did the Maya disappear?
Around 900 CE, the
Mayas left their cities and disappeared