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Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

G. A. Werner

First Committee Member

Gertrude Sibley

Second Committee Member

Glen R. Pease


It is the purpose of this paper to deal with the high state of culture attained by the mysterious Mayas of Central America and Yucatan.

How old is their civilization? No one knows.

Where did they come from? Who can say?

What did they wish to tell us in their writings that have come down through those past thousands of years? No one can decipher them.

The controversy over these points, and many others, has caused unlimited debate among scientists, and as yet, the questions remain unanswered.

What, then, is there to write about?

These people have left us beautifully carved stone buildings, palaces, and ruined cities that show careful planning; statues, pottery, etc., that show a remarkably high state of culture. This is to be the field of this paper.



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