The Ancient Americas

When the explorers came to the New World, they did not find empty land.  Through the centuries many civilizations have populated North, South, and Central America.
 
We are going to explore just a few of them.
 
Let's look at some pictures first.
 
Codex Mendoza
The Codex Mendoza at the Bodleian
 
Eagle Pendant
Eagle Pendant
 
Stone Owl
Stone Owl
 
Earth Monster
Earth Monster
 
Double Headed Turquoise Snake
Double Headed Turquoise Snake
 
These pictures show just a sampling of the art
of this time period and the people who lived in
Central and South America.
 
This next link tells us more about these ancient cultures
as well as telling us about the origins of some of our favorite sports.
 
 
This site is from the Getty Foundation.  It has wonderful pictures of the art work as well as explanations.  It's a site with something for everyone!
 

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