Aztec "Calendar Stone"
The numbers represent different stages of construction.
an Aztec city
The Aztecs divided time into 52-year centuries. This stone represents part of a bundle symbolizing the death of an Aztec century.
Turquoise and shell mask of the Lord of life
who created mankind.
Temple of Inscriptions
The Maya were among the world's best mathematicians
and astronomers. They may have studies the skies
from the tops of the temples.
This knife is made of flint. It was presented to the king.
Objects like this were powerful. The energy within this knife and
other objects in the tomb would help the soul of the person
buried there in his battle with the Lords of Death.
Ancient Aztec game of Tlachtli
was played with a solid rubber ball that had a 6-inch diameter. The
sunken court where it was played was called the tlachco. The court
was shaped like the capital letter I. A narrow gallery as long as
200 feet connected two square end zones. A line marked the
team boundaries. Two stone rings hung down from the gallery walls
at either side of the boundary line.
The object of the game was to drive a ball over a center dividing line into the opponant's territory. The ball could bounce off walls but not off the ground. Players had to get the ball across the goal line to score a point. The ball had to touch the ball only with his knees or hips.