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El Castillo (pyramid of Kukulcán)

2000s BC to 1697

Latin America

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Maya civilization

The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization developed by the Maya peoples, and noted for its logosyllabic script—the most sophisticated and highly developed writing system in pre-Columbian Americas—as well as for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system. “Maya" is a modern term used to refer collectively to the various peoples that inhabited this area. They did not call themselves “Maya,” and did not have a sense of common identity or political unity. Today, their descendants, known collectively as the Maya, a number well over 6 million individuals, speak more than twenty-eight surviving Mayan languages and reside in nearly the same area as their ancestors.
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