Social Studies

Art & Archaeology of the Ancient Maya: Pakal the Great's Sarcophagus Lid

Human sacrifice, ancestor kings, vision serpents. Through a close examination of the sarcophagus lid of King Pakal the Great, learn about how the ancient Maya thought about and represented kingship, death, and the supernatural world.
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55 minutes

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the life and legacy of King Pakal the Great.

Students will learn that the ancient Maya developed a system of beliefs to explain natural phenomena.

Students will learn about how the ancient Maya represented aspects of the natural and supernatural world in art, such as the sky band, vision serpent, and the jaws of the underworld.
I double-majored in Anthropology and Archaeology at Brown University, where I took several courses related to the ancient Maya and Mesoamerica, including two semesters of Ancient Maya Writing, Mesoamerican Archaeology, The Classic Maya, and an independent study on the use of quatrefoils in ancient Maya art.
A one-page handout will be provided.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Sources include:
Coe, Michael D. and Houston, Stephen. (2015). The Maya. Ninth edition. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Coe, Michael D. and Van Stone, Mark. (2005). Reading the Maya Glyphs. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Martin, Simon. (2000). Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens. New York: Thames & Hudson.
Miller, Mary Ellen. (2014). Maya Art and Architecture. Second edition. New York: Thames & Hudson. 
Miller, Mary Ellen and Martin, Simon. (2004). Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya. New York: Thames & Hudson.


Melissa Amaral (she/her)
Lives in the United States
Helping students develop their curiosity and passion for learning
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My name is Melissa. I am a professional educator with over a decade of experience teaching and advising high school and college students. For the past few years, I have been teaching college students about how to plan for their futures,... 
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