A major question in the study of the origins of lowland Maya civilization is its relations with neighboring groups. Some scholars think that lowland Maya developed their remarkable society and culture in relative isolation. Others argue that the Maya received crucial influence from other groups, particularly, the Olmec of the southern gulf coast known for colossal head sculptures.
Did the Maya learn the idea of rulership, the ceremonial center, and esoteric ritual from them?
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Scientist at Work
Takeshi Inomata, an anthropologist from the University of Arizona is maintaining a science blog at the New York Times on his fieldwork at the Mayan archaeological site of Ceibal in Guatemala. In his most recent blog post he explains how the discovery of an axe cache in the central courtyard of the compound may indicate cultural ties between the Olmecs and Maya.
Posted by Dr. D. at 9:51 AM