Long before the Spanish conquistadors, or conquerors, arrived, present-day Mexico and Central America were home to advanced civilizations. These included the Aztec, the Maya, and the Olmec. All of them left behind buildings. They left behind sculptures. They left behind many objects. They also left many mysteries.
Imagine you’re an archaeologist, someone who studies human history by digging up artifacts. Imagine what you could find in Mexico. Maybe you’ll dig up an ancient Aztec mask. Or you might find a Maya poison pot. Or a giant Olmec stone head. Perhaps these things will give you clues to solve the mysteries of the past. Why did the Maya disappear? What happened to the great Olmec civilization? Did the Seven Cities of Gold – which Spanish explorers hoped to find – really exist?