Best Maya Websites

Best free Maya Lesson Plans, The Maya links

FOR KIDS

Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya - for kids: excellent pdf brochure on the Maya.

Maya Ballgame - fun, interactive site on the Maya ballgame.

Maya Kids: broad easily digestible Maya site for kids


GENERAL MAYA RESOURCE SITES

Famsi: the definitive Maya resource - includes glyph dictionaries, a guide to writing glyphs, the fabulous Linda Schele drawings, and down-loadable versions of the Maya codices.

Mesoweb: articles, photographs and information on the Maya.

Living Maya Time: nicely done site on the Maya view of the sun, corn and time - by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Exploring the Maya World: a visually stunning tour of the Maya world put together by Google Arts & Culture and the British Musuem. You'll need high speed internet for this one.

Calendar in the Sky: connects Maya knowledge with NASA astronomy.

NASA Earth Observatory: the Maya and the environment.

Teacher Resources: the Jaguar Stones curated collection of free Maya lesson plans.


VIDEOS

Cracking the Maya Code: PBS NOVA’s excellent film about deciphering the Maya glyphs.

NOVA : Lost King of the Maya:  (54:17) the story of Yax Kuk Mo first king of Copan

Lost King of the Maya: Companion website: Includes a teacher’s guide and classroom activities.


MAYA LANGUAGE & GLYPHS

Cracking the Maya Code: PBS NOVA’s excellent film about deciphering the Maya glyphs.

Omniglot: overview of Maya glyph writing with Maya syllabary and links to a range of Maya sites.

Writing in Maya Glyphs - Part 1:  (45 page pdf, 2.96 MB)

Writing in Maya Glyphs - Part 2:  (40 page pdf; 1.2 MB)

Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs: A comprehensive handbook (164 page pdf, 20.4 MB)

The Maya Hieroglyphic Codices: A site for the advanced student with a searchable database of the four codices with translation and analysis.


THE POPUL VUH - THE MAYA CREATION MYTH

The Illustrated Popul Vuh: a photographic essay by Justin Kerr (64 page pdf, 6.9 MB)


The Popul Vuh: (287 page pdf, 1 MB) The Sacred Book of the Quiché Maya People. Translation and Commentary by Allen J. Christenson.


MAYA ART

Maya Vase Database: high resolution zoomable photographs of Maya painted pottery.

Frederick Catherwood’s house: online portfolio of Catherwood’s superb illustrations.


MAYA MATH

Maya Math: An Introduction to Maya math

Maya Math demonstration: Our simple video demonstration of Maya math.

Ancient number systems: Maya, Egyptian, Inca, Babylonian & Greek.


MAYA BALLGAME

Ulama:

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history/ulama-mesoamerican-ball-game-deadly-sport-ancient-americas-003156

Ulama video: (video of the Mesoamerican Ballgame still being played in Sinaloa, Mexico.

Maya Ballgame - fun, interactive site on the Maya ballgame.


MAYA ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Maya Ruins: photographs from a wide range of Maya sites - with site maps.

http://mayaruins.com

Ancient Maya Cities in the Yucatan

www.traditionsofthesun.org/ViewerYucatan/

Palenque:

www.jaguar-sun.com/palenque.html

Chichén Itza:

www.exploratorium.edu/ancientobs/chichen/index.html

www.chichenitza.com

www.americanegypt.com/index.htm

Copán:

www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/554


Caracol:

www.caracol.org


Tikal:

www.tikalpark.com


2012

2012 - Frequently Asked Questions: Professor Mark Van Stone of Southwestern University provides insightful answers.

A Brief History of the Apocalypse: 2012 is just another point in a line of doomsday hysteria.

What Will Not Happen in 2012: food for thought from David Stuart, Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.


OTHER INTERESTING LINKS

Plague Rats: web site of Max Murphy’s favorite band - The Plague Rats.

Bookplate Ink: Great online source for printing custom bookplates.

Symbiosis: Videos of a range of plants, animals & insects displaying symbiotic behavior

Survival IQ: wilderness survival tips.