What remains of the ancient Maya?

Farming was at the centre of ancient Maya life. But these people are also remembered for other amazing creations, like their spectacular buildings and beautiful objects made from jade, a rare and valuable material.

The ancient Mayas also invented groundbreaking ideas which have helped shape the way we live our lives today.

For example, it’s thought that they invented the concept of 'zero'. This meant that they were able to do complex calculations, which allowed them to create very detailed and accurate calendars. They used these calendars for farming – perhaps that’s why they were so good at it!

What do they look like now?

A Maya warrior next to a road

Take a look at some of the fascinating ancient ruins from around the Maya world.

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