The Value of Egyptian Written Sources Concerning Egyptian Magic

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Egyptian magic in contrast to our Western conception of magic, was a legitimate activity, being part of the natural order, and formed part of religion and medicine.  Our main source material for Egyptian magic is written, including actual magical texts, funerary texts and medical papyri, to narratives and inscriptions on stelae.  However, the written spell […]

Running for Maya Children!

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I am currently in training for the New Forest Half-Marathon (10th September 2017) to raise donations for Melody School. Melody School has been set up by Igor Xoyon to provide equality schooling to underprivileged Maya children in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. It is run purely by donations.  Through sponsorship (around £40 a month) a child is not only […]

Jonathan

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Hi, you have recently visited my school and it was very interesting learning about the Maya, especially with you. I was surprised how they lived in the rainforest. Thank you for teaching me as I barely knew anything and now I do. Thank Youuuuuuuuuuu! Hi Jonathan, thank you! I am glad you enjoyed my visit […]

Jake and Leo from Hertsmere Primary School

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Thank you for visiting our school. We really appreciate it. What were popular Maya names? We would also like to know whether you could visit our school again. Thank you very much! Hi Jake and Leo, I am glad you enjoyed the workshop and of course I would love to visit again! Maya kings liked […]

Jayden from Hertsmere Junior School

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Who started the Maya civilisation? Well, we will never know ‘who’ started it – it was more a group of people who lived in the area and became what we today call the Maya.   Who came up with the name Maya? The Spanish did when they first encountered the area.

Zara and Chloe from Hertsmere Junior School

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Why did the Maya choose to live in the rainforest over such lovely places? Actually, I think the rainforest is a lovely place! Yes, there are bugs, but there are also amazing birds, monkeys and pizotes, to name a few. The place is alive and for me just magical!  I love being there 🙂

Charlie and Sam from Hertsmere Primary School

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What inspired you to look more deeply at the Maya? Well, I think they are absolutely fascinating! Living in the rainforest, but creating the most magnificent of temples, ballcourts and so on – their art, writing, calendar, ballgame and of course chocolate, which I love 🙂 How did they make fire? Exactly how we used to […]

Tahmina from Somerville Primary School

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You recently visited my school and I forgot to ask you a question I thought of earlier during the workshop. I saw the table with the cocoa beans and cocoa bean crusher but I also spotted a small, wooden temple. That made me think, are all of the objects related, if so, was there a […]

Yuvika from Carpenters Primary School

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What was the first ancient object of the Maya that you found? A beautiful red bowl in a Maya house that was about 2000 years old!   How old were you when you first got fascinated about being an archaeologist? I think when I was about 7 years old 🙂   Did you get inspired […]

Orlaith from The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

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Apparently, the Maya buried their family/ancestors underneath their house where they lived. Is this true? If so, why did they do this instead of using something like a cemetery and also do they bury their dead family under their houses now? Yes, they did (though they don’t do this now).  I have excavated in many ancient […]

Alice from Alphington Primary School

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How did you feel when your friend saved your life from the pit viper when you were walking to the Maya temple? Very, very relieved and very grateful! Have you ever seen a hungry jaguar lurking in the bushes when you were digging up stuff? Fortunately, jaguars like to sleep in the day, they hunt at […]

Bianca from Wolf Fields Primary School

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Who and what gave you inspiration? Do you mean to become an archaeologist? I enjoyed history and sciences at school and also I loved the idea of digging up the past.  I fell in love with the Maya when I visited Palenque, where King Pakal’s tomb is.  The rainforest, the pyramids, art, writing, sculpture, all […]

Cerys from Leys Farm Junior School

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How would jade never get scratched against sharp materials? First of all Cerys, thank you for your lovely letter.  I am glad you enjoyed the workshop and loved learning about the wonderful Maya! In answer to your question, jade is an extremely strong stone so it is very hard to scratch, you would need a material […]

Bianca from Wolf Fields Primary School

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Why did they choose the names, Guatemala, Belize etc? The Maya didn’t, these are names that were given much later in time from the 1500’s onwards. By the way I LOVED your visit!!!!!! When other people learn about the Maya they’ll be fascinated!!!! Thank you! The Maya are amazing 🙂

Hannah from Wolf Fields Primary School

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Are there other ways of finding out about an artefact other than looking at the Maya glyphs and pots and stuff? Context is all important. Context means where the pot was found, if the pot was found in a burial- what could that tell you about the person who had died? If the pot was found […]

Prathiba from Wolf Fields Primary School

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Where did you go this year? I went to the Maya rainforest in Guatemala. What were the main facts you liked about when you researched in Central America?  For me it is all the great achievements of the Maya – their art, writing, number system, ballgame, pyramids, stelae, calendar, astronomy…..all in the rainforest 🙂 Thank […]

Bianca from Wolf Fields Primary

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Did they have technology? Well, it depends on what you mean by technology. They didn’t have computers, but they knew about the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars. They had an accurate calendar and proper writing system too. What other sports did they do when they were bored? The ballgame was their main […]

Gurleen from Wolf Fields Primary School

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As in our schools, we have year 1, 2, 3, 4 – do the Maya have the same in their schools? Well, we don’t know for the ancient  Maya, as we know very little about the schools they had, but today, for example, the Maya school I mentioned in my presentation does have similar to what […]