Ancient cultures - Mayans

Image: Chacchoben Mayan Ruins  by Sandy Redding on Flickr

The Mayans controlled a large empire that is now modern day Guatemela, Belize and part of Honduras. Their priests were skilled astronomers and their observations of the movements of the stars determined the pattern of daily life in Mayan society. Satellite technology has enabled scientists to locate Mayan buildings, which are now covered by rainforest. SCIS 1698527

Ancient Scripts

Discusses writing systems from Ancient Civilisation, with a comprehensive section on Mayan system of writing.

Suggested level:  intermediate, secondary

Living Maya Time

This interactive site from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian looks at the Mayan view of the sun, corn and time.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Mayan Astronomy

Basic information on Mayan astronomy and their calendar systems.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Mayan Civilization

Canadian Museum of History site covers present day Mayan life with links to information on Ancient Mayan Civilisation.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Mayan Civilization

Short paragraphs on topics such as Mayan art, science and religion with links to more in-depth information.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Mayan Kids

Basic website on Mayans aimed at primary aged kids. Easy language.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term ‘Mayan Culture’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.


World History in Context provides detailed, substantial articles on many aspects of ancient cultures around the world including Mayan. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought of using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you) to read and enjoy.

Invisible City, by M G Harris, 2010 (YA fiction)
Mystery of the Maya, by R A Montgomery, 2010 (YA fiction)


The creation story of the Maya. Smithsonian Museum Youtube 2.55

World’s largest pyramid discovered, lost Mayan city of Mirador Guatemala Youtube 3.18

Sacrifice and the Maya(n) Ball Game Youtube 5.45