The hardest and most menial ancient Mayan jobs were reserved for the lowest class — the farmers and laborers. Mayan life was centered on the class system that created deep societal divisions, and Mayans did jobs based on their station in life.
The monarchy made up the ruling class, and they often served in the capacity of priests, presiding over ceremonies and rituals. They were followed in station by educated noblemen who worked as architects, artists, and scribes. Evidence of the innovation and skillful craftsmanship of artisans in Mayan society is found in works of flint, obsidian, pottery, bone, jade, stucco and stone that have been unearthed during archaeological expeditions.