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Today's History lesson is all about the Maya civilisation!


The Maya civilisation began long ago in a place called 'Mesoamerica'. This vast area is made up of Mexico and part of Central America.

The Mayas built amazing cities like Tikal (which they called 'Yax Mutal') and Palenque. Even though they lived in different cities ruled by various kings and queens, the Mayas shared a lot of common beliefs and traditions.

They were experts at reading the stars and even built their cities as a map of the sky! They were also inspired by the creatures of the forest and shared many legends about animals, plants and nature spirits.


Click the link below to watch some videos about the Maya civilisation and when you have finished watching, have a go at making a poster all about this period of time and how it is different to what we know now!