National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Maya

National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Maya

by Nathaniel Harris
     
 

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The ancestral homeland of the Maya spans five centuries of history in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Archaeologists have searched the region for years, looking for clues to the lives of the Maya people. Look at the fascinating hieroglyphic stairway at Copan. Wonder at the stone panels looted from what would turn out to be the Mayan capital city.… See more details below

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The ancestral homeland of the Maya spans five centuries of history in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Archaeologists have searched the region for years, looking for clues to the lives of the Maya people. Look at the fascinating hieroglyphic stairway at Copan. Wonder at the stone panels looted from what would turn out to be the Mayan capital city. See how ancient sites and artifacts help scientists today piece together the puzzle of the Maya's past. Every item uncovered brings us new understanding of the ancient Maya's lost civilization.

It is National Geographic's mission to explore the world and all that's in it and to bring discoveries and knowledge to the widest array of people possible. National Geographic Investigates introduces young people to cutting-edge techniques of investigation, the most current discoveries, and the way that those discoveries are interpreted to throw new light on ancient civilizations.

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Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
In this title, a part of the "National Geographic Investigates: Ancient Civilizations" series, Harris depicts modern archeologists as "historical detectives" who use clues left behind from ancient civilizations to solve the mysteries of the past. Using technological tools such as global positioning devices, flatbed scanners, and computers, scientists explore, record, and test theories in an effort to create a greater understanding of the rich and diverse Mayan culture. Even though the focus of the book is of the ancient Mayan culture, there is a constant awareness of the living Maya, who reside in today's Guatemala and Mexico. Each page of the book contains color photographs of artifacts, archeologists at work, contemporary Mayans, and historical Mayan sites as they appear today. There are also a variety of maps, time lines, and artistic representations to help readers visualize the information presented in the text. Frequent sidebars present interesting tidbits and will help keep the reader engaged. The resource page contains a bibliography of books and past National Geographic articles, plus a list of further reading and websites for further exploration. This book could be used to enrich a discussion of Pre-Columbian history or to complement a unit about explorers. The stunning photographs will encourage browsing and the engaging text invites readers of all ages. Reviewer: Heather Christensen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426302275
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
02/12/2008
Series:
National Geographic Investigates Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
720,337
Product dimensions:
6.86(w) x 10.05(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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