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Research Links

Chapter 9: Ancient America

The Internet offers a range of social studies resources, including Web sites of museums, government agencies, educational institutions, and the news media. Listed below are links to some outstanding ancient history Web sites. Use them to learn more about the themes, ideas, and events in the lessons and the Daily Life feature in this chapter.

Lesson 1: The Geography of the Americas

Maya Civilization
A site that covers the Maya civilization of Mesoamerica and discusses its geography and society, including early agricultural techniques. Created by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
The Geography of Mesoamerica
A brief summary of the geography of Mesoamerica, with a good physical map of the region, on the site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Lesson 2: Ancient Andean Civilizations

South American Sites and Cultures
Site of Minnesota State University's emuseum has illustrated histories of early Andean civilizations, including the Chavín, Moche, and Nazca.
Nazca Lines
This Discovery Channel Web page has three articles that discuss the Nazca lines, illustrated with many interesting photographs.

Lesson 3: The Olmec of Mesoamerica

The Olmec
A brief description of the Olmec, with a link to a photo exhibit on the colossal Olmec heads.
Site of Minnesota State University's emuseum has a brief summary of the ancient Olmec civilization.

Lesson 4: The Mayan Civilization

Civilizations in America
Click on the “Contents“ link of Washington State University's Civilizations in America Web page. Click on “The Mayas” for a detailed, illustrated summary of the Mayas and their geography, history, culture, and religion.
Maya Adventure
This interactive Science Museum of Minnesota site provides virtual tours of several Maya locations. Many photos and specific information for each site.

Daily Life: Playing the Mayan Ball Game

The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame
A great interactive site that allows students to explore all aspects of the Mesoamerican ballgame and even experience the game.

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