A Short Briefing On Maya Architecture

Caana, Caracol Maya temple in Belize

Located in Cayo, day trips to Caracol are perfect. But don’t forget your lunch, you’ll be deep in the jungle.

In this video taken at Caracol by my friend Julie Schwietert Collazo, prominent Belize archaeologist Jaime Awe explains the fundamentals of Maya Architecture and what makes it distinct and impressive. He draws examples from other countries such as Canada and the US, and how architecture is used to make visual statements that demonstrate national identity, ideology and cultural symbols.  

I find this particular recording intriguing because Dr. Jaime Awe has a way of making complex information simple. In university I took courses such as Cultural Anthropology and Mesoamerican Civilization with him and I clearly remember how my interest peaked at each of his classes. He’s just an all around cool guy. One of those guys that all men want to be like and all women have crushes on – I’m not kidding.

If you are interested in learning more about the Maya, check out my article on the most fascinating facts about the ancient Maya. I hope you enjoyed the video recording.




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4 Responses to A Short Briefing On Maya Architecture

  1. Anita Mac March 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM #

    Always a fan of the tour for just that reason – they make it simple and bring it to life! Love it.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez March 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM #

      Same here. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and show you things that you wouldn’t normally…

  2. Charu Suri March 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM #

    Would love to learn more about the Maya architecture…one of the finest and simplest in the world.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM #

      When you make it to Belize you’ll have countless things to learn about the Maya 🙂