Mayan civilisation

Where can I find facts and information about the Mayans?

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Entry last updated: 11/03/19


The Mayans are an ancient people that lived in South America thousands of years ago. They had a calendar more complicated than everyone else, and were amazing mathematicians. No one knows what happened to the Mayans - one day they mysteriously disappeared. This entry will give you information about where to find information about the Mayans, Mayan culture and religion, and their disappearance.

The Mayans

Civilisations are vast and complex. There are many things you need to look at eg the culture, arts, history etc, if you want to understand them. These websites provide general information about the Mayans.

Encyclopedia Britannica

A great place to search for information about the Mayans is EPIC. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  1. Select the primary level.
  2. Enter the keywords 'Maya' into the search bar, at the top of the page.
  3. Select the article called Maya.

Kids InfoBits

This is another EPIC database which has information about the Mayans.

  • Enter the keywords 'Maya' into the search bar at the top of the page to find articles, books and pictures related to this topic.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6 pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.


This website has a lot of great information including articles and videos about the Mayans, so have a look.

  1. Enter the keyword 'Maya' into the search bar at the top of the page.
  2. Select the link called Maya - Facts & Summary.
Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. Usually it’s better to leave out small words like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, e.g [Maya]. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

Mayan Culture and Religion

Mayan religion and their relationship with their gods was an important part of their culture. Bloodletting and sacrifices made to their gods were a common thing among the Mayan people.Their belief system was a major factor in how they lived their lives.


This is a good place to find facts about the Mayas' way of life.

  1. Search for 'Maya'.
  2. Look down the list results to find out about their Gods, Belief System, Writing System and Calendars.
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About Us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.


One of the greater mysteries of the world is how the Maya civilisation collapsed. Even now there are many competing theories about how and why they disappeared.


This site has some very good articles about the Mayans, and one of them is about their disappearance.

  1. Enter the keyword 'Maya' into the search bar.
  2. Look down the results to find the article about What happened to the Maya?


There are many books that have been written about the Mayan civilisation - check out your local public or school library to see what they have.

Here are some recommended titles:

Mayan civilization by Clare Hibbert.

Would you believe- the losers were killed in Mayan football? : and other perilous pastimes by Richard Platt.

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