- from The Maya
Thousands of years ago, not a single human being lived in all of North or South America.
Then, around 15,000 B.C., the first people arrived from Asia and slowly roamed south, with some settling in parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Later, they became known as the Maya.
From these humble beginnings, the Maya created one of the most splendid civilizations of all time. They erected magnificent palaces, developed an elaborate system of writing and an accurate calendar, and were able to predict eclipses.
Then, around A.D. 800, something terrible must have occurred. During the next century, many Maya cities became deserted, and in time, the jungle once again claimed the Maya land.
Who were the Maya? What did they achieve? Journey back in time and witness one of the most fascinating—and puzzling—civilizations of all time.