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Copan

Mayan City

Tikal

Mayas great city located on today's Yucatan peninsula

Pyramids

a building with a square base and four triangular sides

Hieroglyphics

a system of writing symbols, signs or pictures used in ancient writing

Civilization

a culture that has developed systems of goverment, religon, and learning

Tenochtitlan

largest Aztec city

Specialize

able to concentrate on doing particular kinds of work

Empire

a group of lands and people under the control of one goverment

Tribute

tax that was paid in goods or services from those they conquered

Cuzco

Incan capital

emperor

ruler of Incas/leader

irrigation

system of watering fields

terrace

farming method used on sides of hills-look like steps

Machu Picchu

Inca city built high in the Andes mountains

causeway

raised road made of dirt that connected Tinochtitlan to the mainland

chinampa

floating garden

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