What part of the Maya do you like learning about? Everything! 🙂
What part of the Maya do you like learning about? Everything! 🙂
When you came to visit you said that a howler monkey makes a loud sound. Do you know why and how it makes that sound? Also, Iloved the presentation and the facts were great and I learned a lot of things. Thanks. Thank you Harrison, I am glad you learned a lot! The howler monkey […]
How many languages do the Maya speak again? The ancient Maya spoke about 37 and the Maya people today about 28.
Why did the Maya have so many gods? By the way, I loved your visit to our school 🙂 Well they didn’t really, if you compare them to the Greeks or the Romans with their gods. I am glad you enjoyed my visit 🙂
How long have you been an expert on the Maya? About 10 years 🙂
What inspired you to go to a place to find ancient remains and to discover pots and paintings, just to get bit by bugs and be ill? It is all worth it, to spread the word about how amazing the Maya are and to teach children such as yourself about them.
How many big spiders have you come across? Too many to count! 🙂
Why did you start learning about the Maya civilisation? I was going to study South America, for example the Inca, but I visited Palenque a Maya site in Mexico (where King Pakal was buried) and I was just fascinated with the pyramids, the writing, the art – all in the middle of a rainforest! I decided […]
What is the longest time you have been away from home? Well, I spent 10 years away from home, living in America studying the Maya. I also spent two years in Guatemala working in the rainforest and in the lab, so quite a long time! This was all before Rufus, my lovely dog, though.
What inspired you to be an archaeologist? Well, I enjoyed history and sciences at school and loved the idea of digging up the past!
How many kings were there in the Maya times? Many! For example, just in one city, Tikal, there were over 33 different kings at different times.
Why did they choose the rainforest? If you look back at previous questions, you will find the answer 🙂
I LOVED the workshop, THANK YOU SO MUCH! What are the names of the countries again? Hi Zabad, I am glad you enjoyed learning about the Maya! The countries where they live are Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador.
Did the Maya people worship gods? Yes, the had, for example Chac who was the god of rain, Itzamna the creator god, Ixchel – the goddess of childbirth and the moon. The hero twins from the Popul Vuh were also seen as gods.
How did the Ancient Maya get their name? When the Spanish first arrived in the Maya area, they asked a Maya person what they were called. The Spanish couldn’t understand their reply, but heard the word Maya, so thought that they were saying that they are Maya and this is why the name has stuck. […]
What did you think of the rainforest? I love the rainforest, it is a magical place to be!
What drinks did the Maya drink? Well, of course, hot chocolate for the Kings, but the ordinary people would have drunk a maize (corn) drink which is very nourishing.
“Because men really respect only that which was founded of old and has developed slowly, he who wants to live on after his death must take care not only of his posterity but even more of his past: which is why tyrants of every kind (including tyrannical artists and politicians) like to do violence to […]
You said jade was the second hardest stone in the world. You also said they had no metal tools because they were a stone age people, so how were they able to carve jade into daggers and jewellery? By the way, I loved the presentation and the workshop with the amazing replicas of the beautiful artefacts! […]
Can you take a King or Queen’s dead body out of their coffin? Yes, of course, but first you have to take lots of pictures, drawings and notes 🙂
Why did the Maya choose to mostly be farmers? All ancient cultures at some point became farmers, as when you have more people you need more food and farming is the answer for this. It produces more food.
Hello Diane, would you recommend your job? Do you like your job? Hello Devon, I LOVE my job, so much so that it really is not like a job for me as I want to do it forever – I never want to retire! It is hard work to be an archaeologist, but if it […]
Please can you tell me what was the first Maya king? Well, at the moment the earliest king we have found in art is from the paintings I worked on, dated around 100 B.C.
What time of the year do you go to the land of the Maya? Usually from February onwards, this is the dry season in the rainforest. What types of big cat live there? Only the jaguar!
Whereabouts is the rainforest? There is rainforest in Guatemala, Mexico and Belize.
I would like to ask when will the Maya calendar end? Never! Why did the Maya choose to live in the rainforest when it is so dangerous? If you look at the other questions below you will see the same one as yours with the answer 🙂
Would they put other dead bodies in a coffin and bury it or did they do something else? Actually, family members were buried beneath the house floors!
Did the Maya have police or something like the police? Yes, they would have, as people were punished for wrong-doing.
How hard is it to blow the horn that the Maya used? Did you not have a go on it when I visited? Quite hard!
You came to my school last week, it was such fun, thank you for coming! Hi Olivia, you are welcome, it was a pleasure meeting you all 🙂 What is your favourite thing about the Maya and your adventures? Definitely the rainforest, I LOVE being in the rainforest. What is your favourite animal you have […]
What were the most popular boys and girls names? I am afraid that is something we don’t know, though I can say that the kings and queens liked to name themselves after animals, for example, jaguar, rabbit or macaw (a type of bird).
Why did the Maya settle in Central America? They must have, like me, fallen in love with the rainforest and wanted to live there 🙂
How does it feel to be an archaeologist? Would you recommend it? I LOVE being an archaeologist and can not think of anything better or more fun to be. However, it is not for everyone and it involves lots of study and working in harsh environments. If you the desire to be one though, you […]
How many months do you stay in the rainforest? I can only be in the rainforest during the dry season (February-May) as once it rains we get stuck and it is almost impossible to get out!
Did the Maya have pets like we do? Yes, they did, the dog for example, which we know makes a great pet 🙂
How long did it take to build the 70 m tall Maya pyramid? A very long time! It depends on how many people and how much of their day was spent working on it.
How many artefacts have you found? Many!
Did you ever get stung or bitten by a wild animal/bug whilst exploring the Maya cities or villages 🙂 Hope you answer! 🙂 Hi Julia, yes, many times! Scorpions, fire ants, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers…….you name it!
What’s the best artefact you have found? I think one of the first artefacts I found – a beautiful polished red bowl that was over 2300 years old! To think I was the first person to touch this, the first person after a Maya left it. 😉
Have you always wanted to be an archaeologist? What tips do you give to people who want to be one? Yes, I have! If you want to be one then make sure you do well at history and science in school. Then when you are in secondary school you can volunteer on excavations in England […]
How far back do the Maya originate? The time when we first start seeing villages in the Maya area is 2000 BC.
Hi, Dr Diane, it’s Lily again! I sent u other questions before. This time it is not a question though; I wanted 2 say thank you for coming to our school and showing us all those amazingly awesome Maya artefacts, and for answering not just mine, but everybody’s questions. I mean I know […]
Have you climbed a pyramid before? Yes, many!
Why did the Maya choose to live in Mexico? Remember that they didn’t just live in Mexico, but 4 other countries as well! Is it hard to camp in the Maya rainforest? Yes! How big is the Maya rainforest you visit? At least one million hectares!
What are the mysteries you found out about the Maya people? Well, working in the pyramid with the beautiful paintings gave us lots of information that we didn’t know about the Maya – such as how developed they were, their art, writing etc.
Did the Maya keep any pets? They had dogs, and as we know they make great pets 🙂 Did you or do you study any other histories? Yes, as part of becoming a Doctor, I had to study all the other histories of the world. Did the Maya sell things and have a money system? […]
To all children – thank you for your wonderful questions! I am now going to Guatemala to spend some time in the rainforest. I will return on 23rd April, so if you send me any questions before then I won’t be able to answer them until 30th April.
What specific animals were dangerous in the Maya rainforest? Many! For example the jaguar, snakes such as the Fer-de-Lance, scorpions and lots of bugs!
Were there any Maya Queens? Of course, not as many as the kings, but yes – one was called Lady Sky of the city of Naranjo 🙂
Were you scared when the monkeys howled at night? Hi Niamh 🙂 The first time I was when I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was King Kong, but afterwards no, not when they are only little monkeys 🙂