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CLIP 12379

How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time

How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time

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Key Info
  • How ancient Mayan temples were built to tell the time
  • Duration: 02:43
  • Professor Brian Cox visits the ancient Mayan temples at Chichen Itza. Mayan culture was obsessed with tracking the passing of time, and even believed that they had to make blood sacrifices to ‘help’ the sun through the sky. This obsession with time manifests itself in the architecture of the buildings, which have 91 steps on four sides – making 364 – and one step on top to give 365, representing the whole year. This clip was first created on the Raw website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Historical and Cultural Roots

  • Keywords: Time, measurement, astronomy, multiplication, architecture, Mayan, Brian Cox, culture
Ideas for use in class
  • Good enrichment clip on a topic of telling the time, or exploring non-standard units of measurement.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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