The Pre-Classic Period (~2000 BCE – 200 BCE) – The Early Maya Settlement
The Mayan civilization’s exact date of inception isn’t known; the first artifacts from the early Maya happen to be dated to around 2600 BCE, however the very first formed townships most likely arrived on the scene about after 800 years. These early settlements started out from simple farming communities, since the local tribes developed from wandering foragers into a more permanent settlers and sedentary villages. They explored and experimented with pottery, mining for gems and agriculture, which left the world a number of artifacts from this period such as clay figurines and bowls remain. In the highlands of Guatemala, the Mayan have control over the trade of precious stones such as obsidian and jade which would prove a vital foundation of the development of the larger Mayan economy. Although the majority of their massive architectural structures as well as cities weren’t established after many years, one important invention came up during the Pre-Classic and this is the hieroglyphic writing system of the Mayan, which enabled the Mayans to take note of their history, and, later, enable archaeologists to start deciphering it.
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