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Ancient Maya Culture Brought Back to Life In Old Europe

An exhibition currently underway at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau museum showcases 300 artifacts from the ancient Mayan civilization.

Ancient Maya Culture Brought Back to Life In Old Europe
Martin-Gropius-Bau museum
Berthold Seewald

BERLIN — The fascinating history of the Maya is often overlooked in Europe, where Greeks and Roman reigned supreme. It's been more than two decades since Germany has seen a major exhibit on the Maya, the pre-Columbian people who shaped large parts of Mesoamerica for 1,500 years. Now, running through August 7 at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau museum is a truly remarkable exhibition, produced together with Mexico City's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to kick off the German-Mexican Year of Culture.

The exhibit can only be described in superlatives. Instead of filling display cabinets with an excessive number of artifacts, curators chose only 300 pieces from the Mexican collections, and used this selection to help 21st-century Europeans better understand a culture so very different from their own.

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