Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mayan Astronomy

Originally uploaded by geosteph

Our trip to Chichen Itza was one of the highlights of our Cancun vacation. The temples, the athletic stadiums and carvings reflected the Mayans the brutality of the civilization as well as their fascination with the heavens and the night sky. This is a photo of a large Mayan observatory at Chichen Itza. The Mayans documented solar cycles, lunar cycles and tracked the movement of the stars and planets.

1 comment:

Carrie said...

The adjective Mayan is sometimes used to refer to the indigenous peoples of parts of Mexico and Central America, their culture, language, and history. Loved to go there. But needed more time for that aside from the finances that should prepare ahead of time. :)