MAYA

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Until today, deep in the jungles of Central America, the imposing stone temples and palaces of the fascinating Mayan culture still remain. In their heyday between 250 and 900 A.D., they were a powerful advanced civilisation whose achievements in art and science still astonish us. At that time, their settlement area with more than one hundred large cities was the most densely populated region in the world.  

In 2020, the MAMUZ Museum in Mistelbach dedicates itself to the legendary culture of the Maya by providing a comprehensive Mayan exhibition in Austria for the first time in 25 years. The exhibition takes an in-depth look at the habitat of the Maya in the tropical lowlands as well as in the volcanic highlands of Guatemala. How come that the Maya were able to achieve such a cultural flowering despite the difficult environmental conditions? How did they organise their coexistence? And what were the causes of the collapse of this high culture?

The exhibition comprises more than 200 original objects from Central America of which many exhibits are presented in Europe for the first time. A special highlight is the large number of exhibits made of jade. Latest research results based on archaeological excavations and translation work of the Mayan script also shed new light on the social and cultural life of this advanced civilisation.

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