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Centers of Progress: Chichen Itza (Team Sports)

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Chichen Itza: The First Ball Games Played In Teams

The Mesoamerican city of Chichen Itza is home to the best-preserved, and largest playing court for the first ball sports played in a team.

The popular sport is known as the "Ball Game" and has been played since 1650BCE. It was played by all its major civilizatio...

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Sports are one of humanity's oldest inventions

The earliest athletic competitions seem to be simple wrestling contests that are represented in cave paintings.

Other popular sports included foot-races, chariot-races, boxing, swimming, and archery. The Ball Game was probably the first sport that resembled modern team ba...

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Chichen Itza:  one of the greatest Mayan centers

Chichen Itza was founded by the Itza, a Mayan tribe, and was once one of the greatest Mayan centers of the Yucatan peninsula. The Mayan civilization created the most highly developed writing system in the Americas before Columbus landed. The Mayans are also known for a sophisticated calendar and ...

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  • Chichen Itza buildings were originally brightly painted in shades of red, green, and blue.
  • The wealthy wore similarly colorful dyed clothes made from animal skins.
  • The staple of the Mayan diet, maize, was often boiled in water with lime and eaten as a gruel or porridg...

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The great ball court from Chichen Itza

  • The court of Chichen Itza is a massive 225 feet wide and 545 feet long.
  • At the ends of the court, the stone walls featured stone hoops, engraved with feathered serpents - images of the deity Kokulkan.
  • The court has excellent acoustic qualities, amplifying the cheers of ...

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