Who were the Maya and Where did the Maya come from?

The Maya developed one of the most advanced ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica.

At its height from 300 to 800, Maya cities spread over what is now southern Mexico and portions of Belize and Guatemala.

The Maya had much in common with the Olmec. Their skilled farmers grew enough food that many of their people could devote their time to building great cities, performing elaborate religious rituals, creating art, and advancing scientific knowledge.