Feeding Tikal

Meet the Maya

The year is 700 CE. In what is now Guatemala, a tall city rises out of the jungle. This is Tikal, one of the great cities of the ancient Maya. In its market square, traders sell obsidian knives and jade from the mountains, shells from the sea, and colorful feathers. Potters offer fancy painted mugs and bowls. Weavers show off striped cotton robes. Up at the palace, scribes record the deeds of the king in picture writing that the Maya invented. In another room, astronomers and mathematicians are hard at work figuring out the date of the

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