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The Mayas

7th Grade Medieval History - The Rise of the Mayas

Mesoamerica a region extending from central Mexico into northern Central America
Slash-and-Burn Agriculture clearing small plots of land by cutting down the forest and burning the trees and grasses for fertilizer
John L Stephen played a key rols in rediscovering Mayan civilization
Frederick Catherwood played a key rols in rediscovering Mayan civilization
drought prolonged period with little or no rain
extended family a grouping of several related families that lived together
sphere of influence an area dominated or strongly influenced by a particular ruler or government
alliance agreement between people or states to achieve a common goal
heiroglyph a symbol that stands for a word or idea
codex an ancient book written by hand
elite small group of highly priviliged or skilled poeple
Pacal Mayan king who ruled Palenque between 615 and 683 AD
18 Rabbit Mayan who ruled the city of Copan at its height
stela carved stone slab or pillar ulually created to celebrate an event or person
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