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"Fat Boys," Magnetism, and Magic

The “fat boys” are sculptures usually associated with Olmec/Maya/Izapan sites in southern Mexico and Guatemala, especially near the Pacific coast.  They look very different from the sophisticated sculptures we usually associate with the ancient cities of that area.  1,903 more words

He that is without doubt throw the first spear: Tikal 378

The benefit of being a blogger and free-lance writer is that I don’t have to come up with different projects for every cap.  What follows is preliminary research for my next book about battle at 400 AD.    2,733 more words


Olmec Jadeite Mask (900-400 B.C.E)

This is an Olmec mask from Olmec civilization. This artifact current resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Olmec mask is composed of Jade. This may have been just decorative art and not meant to be worn. 193 more words


Play Ball! Introducing the Mesoamerican Ball Game

The Mesoamerican ball game became the New World’s first organized team sport. It seems to have started around 1600 B.C. No courts were discovered from that time—only balls. 545 more words

North American History

The Mayan Creation Myth

One myth says nothing and no one existed in the beginning except two creators, Tepeu, meaning “sovereign” also “one who conquers” or “ 906 more words


Flooding in the Americas: Neolithic farming

Starting about 12,900 years ago, the Northern Hemisphere was abruptly gripped by centuries of cold, as mentioned in previous blogs, the Younger Dryas. Scientists have suggested this chill helped wipe out most of the large mammals in North America as well as the so-called Clovis people. 1,313 more words

Travel Brochure for Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan

The Aztecs didn’t have brochures in the fifteenth century. Based on their experiences with the Spanish conquistadors, they weren’t looking to attract many tourists, either. If they had a brochure for visitors to their capital of Tenochtitlan, however, it might have read something like this: 493 more words