Maya Timelines

Maya history began more than three thousand years ago and has been shaped by the migrations of early peoples from Asia, climate changes, tremendous innovation during a five hundred year period of world-level accomplishments, European contact in the 16th Century, the Spanish conquest of Central America and the resulting domination of regional, mestizo national governments.

Extensive archaeology and other research has identified a number of periods by which to understand the Maya within the context of Native Middle American history.