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Maya
The Mayans considered jade the most precious material.

Maya

One subject looked at in KS2 history is the Maya civilisation which flourished in South-Eastern Mexico and other parts of Central America prior to the Spanish conquest.

The Maya are best known for the stepped pyramids they built and their calendar, among other things. The Maya civilisation developed around 1500 BCE. Over the years the Maya created many kingdoms and small empires in what is now South-Eastern Mexico and some smaller countries in Central America. They built huge palaces and temples, and developed a hieroglyphic writing system similar to that used by the Ancient Egyptians. Their pyramids and their hieroglyphs are both like those of Egypt but the two civilisations are separated by thousands of years and thousands of miles of ocean.

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1.
What are the Mayans famous for building?
Pyramids
Amphitheatres
Cathedrals
Temples
They had never seen the Egyptian ones so they cannot have copied
2.
Who conquered the Maya?
The Aztecs
The Russians
The British
The Spanish
The Spanish first arrived in the Yucatan in 1517
3.
What was the name for Mayan writing?
Runes
Hieroglyphs
Cuneiform
Alphabet
Hieroglyphic writing was developed by the Mayans before the 3rd century BC and was the most advanced form of writing in the Americas before Europeans settled there
4.
When did the Maya begin to decline?
900 BCE
100 BCE
100 CE
900 CE
No one knows why some of the Mayan cities began to decline
5.
Which was not a food of the Maya?
Black beans
Coffee
Cocoa
Maize
Coffee originated in Africa, not the Americas
6.
Which is the most famous Mayan city?
Palenque
Tikal
Merida
Chichen Itza
The ruins of Chichen Itza still exist and are visited by over a million people a year
7.
What did the Mayans consider the most precious material?
Gold
Silver
Jade
Diamond
Jade was used to make jewellery and religious objects
8.
What did Mayans make books from?
Papyrus
Silk
Tree bark
Animal skin
The bark was processed into a kind of paper called amatl
9.
Where did the Mayans live?
Egypt
Italy
Mexico
Canada
The Mayans lived in what is now South-Eastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and the western parts of Honduras and El Salvador
10.
What was the Mayan name for a year?
Annual
Kin
Jahr
Yil
The Mayan developed their own calendar

 

Author:  Amanda Swift

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