The ancient Maya built their civilization
using ideas they learned from the Olmec, an earlier tribe. The Olmec
society was built on agriculture. They established farming villages.
They were the first people to built roads through the jungle, roads
which were used by them as trade routes. These trade routes stretched
for hundreds of miles.
1400 BCE, the Olmec had a capital city with palaces and temples. They
were the first people in the Americas to build huge religious centers in
their towns and cities.
the Maya slowly took over the region from the Olmec, the Maya built on
the many clever ideas of these earlier people. For example, the Olmec
created a solar calendar. The Maya, using their knowledge of astronomy,
and building on the Olmec solar calendar, created the most accurate
calendar in the ancient world. The Maya also created inventions of their
own, inventions like the vast underground reservoirs that held fresh
water safely in times of drought.
the Olmec and the Maya invented many things, but they never discovered
the wheel, and they never made metal weapons or tools.
Here are just
a few of the many inventions and achievements of the Maya people:
system of writing - hieroglyphics (Maya glyphs)
system of government
laws and trials with judges
The science of astronomy
(over 1000 dances, many still performed today)
of underground reservoirs to store fresh water
Scientific Achievements - rubber, tear gas, writing, astronomy,
buildings, basketball, libraries, medicines and the construction of
hospitals, roadways and more
were the achievements of the Maya civilization? (presentation)
Achievements and Challenges of Guatemala (Maya)