Q:

What did the ancient Mayans use for transportation?

A:

Quick Answer

The Mayans connected their cities and temples with a form of paved roadways and accessed more remote areas via canoe through the region's abundant waterways. Because the Mayans had no beasts of burden, road transport depended on human feet.

Continue Reading
What did the ancient Mayans use for transportation?
Credit: Jim Franco Taxi Getty Images

Full Answer

The paved roads, or sacbeob, made transportation through the thick jungles much easier. Each sacbe was raised above the ground in the same way Roman roads in Europe were, and in some cases were as much as 8 feet high. Along these wide avenues, slave chains transported trade goods inland from population center to population center. Along the coast, immense 50-foot-long wooden canoes carried large quantities of goods to cities and other distribution points.

Learn more about Ancient America

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where did the Mayans live?

    A:

    The Mayans lived in the Yucatan, which is now Mexico. Evidence exists indicating that they also lived in Guatemala, El Salvador, western Honduras and Belize. Mayans existed between the years of 2600 B.C. and 1800 B.C. However, the Mayan empire was in full force between 250 A.D. and 900 A.D.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How did the Mayans make their shelter?

    A:

    The Mayans made their shelter using stone or wood with thatched roofs with no windows or chimneys. The huts did not have wooden doors. Instead, they hung cloth screens on the doorways.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What were the physical features of the Mayans?

    A:

    The Mayans had various body modification practices within their culture that affected their physical features. Having an elongated forehead, modifying their teeth by filing the ends to a point or adding dental decorations and having numerous facial piercings were all highly desirable in Mayan culture.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When did the Mayans meet the Spanish?

    A:

    The first contact between the Spanish and the Mayans was in 1511. A Spanish officer named Valdivia was sailing from Panama to Santo Domingo, but his boat sank near the east coast of Yucatan and Valdivia, and his crew was captured.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore