In the Mayan Civilization (How'd They Do That?) (How'd They Do That? Lifestyle, Culture, Holidays)

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Nearly 4,000 years ago, in the tropical rain forest of Central America, the Mayan culture began to emerge. From small farming villages, the Mayan civilization grew into vast urban metropolises. Without the use of the wheel or metal tools and with no work animals, the Mayas constructed five-story buildings, ornate temples, and 200-foot-tall pyramids out of stone. The Mayas had complex calendars, were expert astronomers and mathematicians, and played the world s first team sport. Enter the world of the Mayas and discover how this advanced civilization developed into cities with populations reaching nearly 100,000, and then how it mysteriously disappeared. Find out how the Mayas built their homes, raised their children, made food and clothing and worshiped their gods. Learn how they healed the sick, and how they played their ball games to the death.

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Elizabeth Scholl writes educational books and magazine articles for children and young adults, specializing in social studies and science topics. She has a background in education, and was a classroom teacher for over fifteen years. Elizabeth greatly enjoyed exploring history with her students, and devoted a lot of time to learning about the lifestyles of ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures such as the Mayas. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, visiting museums and historical sites, bicycling, and spending time outdoors. She lives in northern New Jersey with her husband, three children, dog, and two very mischievous orange cats.

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