What were some Mayan tools and weapons?


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The Mayan people used weapons and tools made of sharpened stone and wood, such as farming equipment, hand chisels and bladed weapons. They did not typically use metal tools or weapons.

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What were some Mayan tools and weapons?
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The Mayan people created tools that could be easily used by hand for a wide variety of tasks, such as stone cutting, woodworking, farming and sculpting. They were typically simple in design, with minimal decoration and curved blades fastened to wooden or bone handles. Farming tools were crafted to reduce any unnecessary amount of work and to improve crop quality through techniques such as slash-and-burn agriculture. The Mayans also dug ditches for irrigation with stone and wood tools. Stone and wood used for building structures were cut with special hand tools made of volcanic glass or durable minerals.

These tools were commonly made of chert, obsidian or jadeite. Jadeite is an incredibly hard mineral used to make highly durable tools and weapons in place of using metal ores, as it is harder than steel. Obsidian was used to make extremely sharp cutting edges for their tools and weapons, as its molecular properties allow it to be crafted into very fine edges. The Mayan people could not use metal ores as they were not located near any ore deposits.

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