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"The doomed splendor of the Maya unfolded against the backdrop of the rain forests of southern Mexico and Central America. Here, Classic Maya civilization reached improbable heights. To chart a culture whose Preclassic roots reach back 3,000 years, we begin with new evidence suggesting that the arrival of a warlord from central Mexico ushered in an age of magnificence and masterpieces such as the death mask of Palenque's King Pakal. But empires rise only to fall.
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Late Classic, Maya  Head fragment, A.D. 600–900  Molded ceramic with traces of pigment  h. 8.7 cm., w. 7.9 cm., d. 6.2 cm. (3 7/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 7/16 in.)  Place made: Maya area, Guatemala

Late Classic, Maya Head fragment, A.D. 600–900 Molded ceramic with traces of pigment h. 8.7 cm., w. 7.9 cm., d. 6.2 cm. (3 7/16 x 3 1/8 x 2 7/16 in.) Place made: Maya area, Guatemala

Chalchiuhtlicue, godess of horizontal waters. The sculpture comes from the front of the Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacán.     Photo courtesy Wolfgang Sauber and the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Chalchiuhtlicue, godess of horizontal waters. The sculpture comes from the front of the Pyramid of the Moon, Teotihuacán. Photo courtesy Wolfgang Sauber and the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

"Itzamna" Maya. The creator Itzamna, lord of the heavens and creator of night and day, is one of the most important Maya deities.

"Itzamna" Maya. The creator Itzamna, lord of the heavens and creator of night and day, is one of the most important Maya deities.

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