The archaeological site of Chichén Itzá in Mexico was excavated in 1841 and still stands today. During this workshop, your pupils will be shown the main Temple of Kukulkan, the Temple of Warriors and the remaining ruins of the Great Ball Court used to play the savage game, pok-ta-pok!
The Mayans were advanced astronomers and mathematicians. Your pupils will learn why there are 91 steps on each side of the Temple of Kukulkan and also visit, El Caracol, a building believed to have been built as an observatory.
This workshop really helps to bring the Mayan civilisation to life and can be a great way of preparing your class for a piece of creative writing. The barbaric nature of the Mayans usually fascinates pupils; this is your chance to show them the temple where human sacrifices would take place!
Curriculum links: Mayan civilisation, Chichén Itzá, Pok-ta-Pok, Archaeology
Approximate duration: 30 minutes
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