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Ancient Mayans

This week you will be learning more about how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources and that different versions of past events may exist. You will be using and evaluating sources of evidence to learn about Maya cities and some of the people who explored and documented them.


1) Firstly, think about the following questions: How do we know about the history of our world? Who finds out? Where does the information come from? How accurate do you think our interpretation of the past is? How do we know about the Ancient Maya? Keep these questions in mind as your complete this week's history activities.


2) Look at the attached PowerPoint 'Exploration and Discovery' up to the slide titled 'Using sources of Evidence'. How many different types of evidence can you think of that could help us to understand the Maya better? Record your ideas on the attached Activity Sheet 'Using Sources of Evidence'.


3) Look at PowerPoint slide titled 'Parts of a Puzzle': answer the questions on the slide on paper. 


4) Read the rest of the PowerPoint. Finally, follow and complete the instructions on the activity sheet 'Historical Picture Sheet', using one of the two pictures we have attached below. Note: there are two levels of difficulty to choose from for this sheet (* start or ***star). Remember to read all the instructions carefully.


5) Your last task on the 'Historical Picture Sheet' is to draw your own interpretation of the image you chose. On the same piece of paper as your drawing, briefly explain how your picture is similar or different to Catherwood's drawings. Do not focus on your artistic skills; instead, compare what features you chose to include or not. What does this process tell you about the reliability of historical evidence and sources used by historians? Is your picture accurate? Should historians of the future rely on your picture to tell them about the Maya? Explain your answer.