from The Conversation
– this post authored by Elizabeth Graham, UCL
The Maya were, at their height, one of the world’s great civilisations. In the “classic” period, from AD 250 – 900, Maya cities with monumental architecture and huge populations spread across a large area through what is now Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and western Honduras. Extensive trade networks connected the Maya to the rest of Mesoamerica, producing the dynamic landscapes and bustling ports reported in early Spanish accounts.