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Dr. Ed Barnhart, an American archaeologist, answers the internet’s burning questions about the ancient Maya civilization. Why was the Maya calendar year only 260 days? Who did they sacrifice? Did they build more pyramids than the Egyptians? This Maya expert answers all these questions and much more. Dr. Ed Barnhart is the director of Maya…



Dr. Ed Barnhart, an American archaeologist, answers the internet’s burning questions about the ancient Maya civilization. Why was the Maya calendar year only 260 days? Who did they sacrifice? Did they build more pyramids than the Egyptians? This Maya expert answers all these questions and much more.

Dr. Ed Barnhart is the director of Maya Exploration Center

Check out The ArchaeoEd Podcast – for more content about the ancient Americas.

Director: Lisandro Perez-Rey
Director of Photography: AJ Young
Editor: Christopher Jones
Expert: Ed Barnhart
Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi
Associate Producer: Brandon White
Production Manager: Peter Brunette
Casting Producer: Nicholas Sawyer
Camera Operator: Lucas Vilicich
Sound Mixer: Kari Barber
Production Assistant: Fernando Barajas
Post Production Supervisor: Christian Olguin
Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant
Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen
Additional Editor: Paul Tael
Assistant Editor: Billy Ward

00:00 Maya Support
00:10 Shaping Baby Heads
00:59 Kukulkan
01:40 Maya Calendar
02:48 Maya Sandals
03:13 2012 Apocalypse
04:15 Maya vs Aztec
04:47 Sports
06:36 Sacrifice
06:57 Lost Maya City
08:53 Cacao
09:56 Maya Civilization
11:06 Pyramids
12:09 Tools
12:49 Aliens
13:16 King Pakal
14:10 Palenque
15:25 Indigenous Writing
17:26 Mayan Language
18:39 Building Ancient Cities
19:55 Astronomy
21:05 Math
22:11 Maya Today

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  1. @dddiogo97

    May 21, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    The word for fire is what now

  2. @lura7178

    May 21, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    Aliens is a shortcut that disregards the growth and struggles of existing people

  3. @tchmilfan

    May 21, 2024 at 7:45 pm

    Fascinating. Thanks Dr Barnhart

    This is one of the best expert-answers-Twitter-questions across all channels, not just Wired.

  4. @thejourney1369

    May 21, 2024 at 7:50 pm

    Great video! Throughly enjoyed it.

  5. @patrickconrad396

    May 21, 2024 at 7:51 pm

    Mayan experts in 4773: “There’s a couple of texts that make it clear it was always going to be…”

  6. @bigwinterhat

    May 21, 2024 at 7:53 pm

    my inner fourth grader is so excited to learn more mayan knowledge

  7. @WildBillCox13

    May 21, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    Entertaining and informative. Cultural context helps me a lot.

  8. @juanpablosanchezaveleyra6454

    May 21, 2024 at 8:14 pm

    Schollar Dave Grohl does not exi…..

  9. @WildBillCox13

    May 21, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    Liked and shared.

  10. @zzz808-

    May 21, 2024 at 8:22 pm

    Please more ancient history!!!!

  11. @chancewebster7953

    May 21, 2024 at 8:23 pm

    Classic Mayan collapse? Where did they move out to?

  12. @TGreen89

    May 21, 2024 at 8:25 pm

    This guy is amazing

  13. @YourFriendKitkatb12

    May 21, 2024 at 8:28 pm

    When ur a 5’1 mexican women… 😦

  14. @robbpatterson6796

    May 21, 2024 at 8:31 pm

    How is dots and dashes a better system than the Roman X and I? or the present 1-100?

  15. @ThecrazyJH96

    May 21, 2024 at 8:38 pm

    Wait why the 5’2 Mexican lady gotta be by the corner convenience store?? 😂😂

  16. @david4rancibia34

    May 21, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    Saying “i found a Mayan City” is such a cool and wild flex, just amazing

  17. @Gojoswife_

    May 21, 2024 at 8:46 pm

    I just saw apocalypto for the time yesterday so perfect timing

  18. @TrevizoTV

    May 21, 2024 at 8:47 pm

    Why is Maya Expert not Maya?

  19. @silviafarfallina

    May 21, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    For the love of god stop calling them “Mayans” unless you’re talking about Mayan languages.

  20. @s70driver2005

    May 21, 2024 at 8:55 pm

    He is great at talking!!!! I could listen to him all day!!!

  21. @rebehka7992

    May 21, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    This man reminds me of every good History/Civics teacher I had in middle school and high school. They usually coached something like lacrosse or golf.

  22. @ticklemeelmo73

    May 21, 2024 at 9:12 pm

    14:30 Papyrus!!!

  23. @the_cackling_kobold

    May 21, 2024 at 9:15 pm

    3D modeler here, where’s his models

  24. @playground2137

    May 21, 2024 at 9:15 pm


  25. @sephestra.

    May 21, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, I could listen to Dr. Barnhart talk about the Maya all day.

  26. @carriekelly4186

    May 22, 2024 at 4:58 pm

    Are Mayan pyramids closer to ziggurats or pyramids?

  27. @MrLegendra

    May 22, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    Imagine thinking that they built the pyramids without metal and used rock tools 😂😂😂 it was aliens.

  28. @carriekelly4186

    May 22, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    Why are the Maya of such small statures?? Thanks

  29. @epicmarschmallow5049

    May 22, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Great video and Dr. Barnhart is a great host, but the section on Maya mathematics is quite silly. He’s just describing a base 5 number system with clunkier symbols, as opposed to the base 10 one we use

  30. @tigermunky

    May 22, 2024 at 5:19 pm

    There’s something I don’t understand….must be aliens.
    Do you think that in 1000 years people will assume that aliens built our cities, because it’ll be considered impossible for people living in the 2000s to build such tall buildings with such ‘ancient’ technology. They’ll say it’s impossible to build something like the Burj Al Arab without the help of alien technology.

  31. @irissupercoolsy

    May 22, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    Chocolate as currency?? Now that makes sense.

  32. @blutebr1

    May 22, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    Looks like the Woz’s kid

  33. @loldoctor

    May 22, 2024 at 6:29 pm

    Interesting, based on his explanation the writing system resembles Korean’s Hangul.

  34. @PG-wz7by

    May 22, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    I love the idea of esoteric time worshippers

  35. @Cragdognamedbear

    May 22, 2024 at 7:04 pm

    I love how passionate these experts are in these videos. Super fun, super engaging and super informational

  36. @martha3135

    May 22, 2024 at 7:11 pm

    I like this guy!

  37. @thinkdunson

    May 22, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    why wasn’t history class this interesting

  38. @paulitikox

    May 22, 2024 at 7:43 pm

    This is one of the best episodes of support I have watched. So interesting!

  39. @Logan5Greye

    May 22, 2024 at 7:47 pm

    This was beautiful. Thank you very much Dr. Barnhart. What an achievement to discover a Mayan city. I look forward to your next discovery and learning more.

  40. @Wladislav

    May 22, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    We desperately need another episode!

  41. @iska788

    May 22, 2024 at 8:18 pm

    Super interesting

  42. @seantlewis376

    May 22, 2024 at 8:19 pm

    Fascinating. I love these informative “support” videos.

  43. @jonelfilipek7848

    May 22, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve lived in Yucatán for 7 years and I’m so fascinated about Maya culture and history. Can’t tell you how happy this made me.

  44. @patcoyne8756

    May 22, 2024 at 8:32 pm

    As different Mayan tribes/kingdoms/empires often spoke different languages, did they use different sets of glyphs for each language, or did everyone use a specific language known to all for inscription purposes?

  45. @Coreyrob26

    May 22, 2024 at 8:36 pm

    This was really interesting—great job.

  46. @newkkl

    May 22, 2024 at 8:50 pm

    This was great! I would love to see Dr. Barnhardt do a whole series of videos about the Maya. Great job, Wired! Keep it going!

  47. @joshuamacfarlane7781

    May 22, 2024 at 8:57 pm

    The guy who asked the question about kukulkan is the type of guy who thinks he could take an mma fighter if they were female

  48. @TeeGar

    May 22, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    Did he paint suspenders on his shirt?

  49. @nathanharmon8971

    May 22, 2024 at 9:20 pm

    so… the Alien thing. I really think it has more to do with an underestimation of what our ancestors were capable of. just because they had limited tech didn’t make them incapable or stupid.
    The same people who think the Mayans and Egyptians were being school by aliens think the same of Stonehenge, so it’s not a race thing.

  50. @EpicMuttonChops

    May 22, 2024 at 9:22 pm

    eddie, no one believes you’re not wearing a toupee. it’s ok

  51. @rodrigoorozco493

    May 23, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    Very good video, the only thing I disagree is that Yucatec Maya isn’t the biggest mayan language. By the information of the last censuses in Guatemala (2018) and México (2020), that position goes to K’iche’ Maya, that has more than a million speakers, followed by Q’eqchi’ Maya, which also has a little more than a million speakers. Yucatec Maya, even thought it is spoken in a wide area, it has less than a million speakers. And one thing he didn’t say, was that during the classic period, most of the big cities in what is now known as the southern lowlands spoke most likely a mayan ch’olan language, which is more similar to the modern ch’orti’, ch’ol and chontal mayan languages. Yucatec mayan was spoken more in the northern lowlands during this period, and it spread to the middle and southern lowlands only until the postclassic period.

  52. @arianajimenez4694

    May 23, 2024 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve really been wanting to see a Mayan expert and this made me so happy 😊, please bring him back an another video, also would love to see him reviewing Mayans in movies and TV shows

  53. @andreascookie296

    May 23, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    Can anybody tell me why this guy looks so INCREDIBLY familiar?

  54. @Jim-Stick

    May 23, 2024 at 2:25 pm

    This was a great listen. Aboriginal people being talked about in a respected level is great to hear. The thought humans couldn’t have done it with time and ingenuity.

  55. @jdan6122

    May 23, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    The Mayans sounds awesome, the Aztecs on the other hand…😂

  56. @sumittripathi12a97

    May 23, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    Please make an episode like this on Indus valley civilization 🙏

  57. @Redmenace96

    May 23, 2024 at 2:44 pm

    Hold on. @6:00 “It is not true that they sacrifised losers” ?? Huh??? The Maya killed like champions.
    I have been to the sites. Read the books. By all accounts it was a blood sport. Like Roman times, they were fighting for their lives/heads. Is this guy soft-selling The Maya?

  58. @Redmenace96

    May 23, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    If you guys can’t detect it. This guy is a douche.
    He has vague knowledge.

  59. @legolassanimelover

    May 23, 2024 at 3:08 pm

    I’m embarrassed to admit I had no idea Maya people were still around 🤦 What an informative video!! Please bring this guy back for more!!!

  60. @OldestHouse

    May 23, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    22:05, shows 3+5=8 in mayan math and immediately criticizes and discredits “western” (the numerals we use are arabic) math…. this man might be a little too obsessed with the mayans and his critical thinking apperas to have been pushed aside

    by the same logic, the roman numerals are also more elegant than our modern math, as I + I = II. But how in the world are you going to represent and use anything other than natural numbers?

  61. @Shittyasscontent38367

    May 23, 2024 at 3:31 pm

    Because they were in the past. Time was shorter.

  62. @Deedz1924

    May 23, 2024 at 3:53 pm

    This guy is cool.

  63. @olivierleguen8688

    May 23, 2024 at 4:11 pm

    No there are 800,000 Mayan speakers… “maya expert”….

  64. @wolfiehampton727

    May 23, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    oh the maya are definitely here. i mean this in a positive way, i see them every weekend at winco.
    south asians like me tend to be small, but they are somehow smaller than me.

  65. @iftekhar77

    May 23, 2024 at 4:41 pm

    8:46 he’s hilarious 😂😂😂

  66. @LeastTresCharLargo

    May 23, 2024 at 4:46 pm

    You gon drop bombs like 4,772AD, & not say how nor why? No references to anything?

  67. @Dhi_Bee

    May 23, 2024 at 5:33 pm

    As someone who has Inca ancestry & backpacked in Mexico, Belize, & Guatemala I can assure you the Mayan people are EVERYWHERE in that region despite colonization. They still speak Mayan languages & dress traditionally, as well as retain & practice much of their precolonial customs

  68. @Nope-w3c

    May 23, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    Is it true they invented Mayanaise?

  69. @phila3884

    May 23, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    More videos with Dr. Barhart- explaining Mayan architecture, power centers, lines of travel and communication between city states, Olmec influences, etc. or whatever his personal area of expertise is.

  70. @Nope-w3c

    May 23, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Only 4 unique scripts? Cuneiform, Egyptian, Chinese and Mayan?! What about hindi and latin?! Sinhala, rongorongo? mongolian? Nko? Ethiopic? (serious questions btw)

  71. @nephatrine

    May 23, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    Really cherry picking with that 3+5 example. If you try that with 3+4, for instance, that elegance falls apart a bit. And you could say it’s just as “elegant” as roman numerals which were developed in the west which has the same property pretty much in specific cherry-picked examples like that.

    Loved this btw – not trying to hate or anything.

  72. @Jinchuricki27

    May 23, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    How do we know the rich were so dominant? Are we looking at that through a modern lense?

  73. @anushri3257

    May 23, 2024 at 7:20 pm

    Watching this and realizing the road to el dorado made the ball game historically accurate makes me happy

  74. @alexk7656

    May 23, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    Ahh yes, my people! It’s such a shame that our culture isn’t more represented in western media, especially the mythology which I find more fascinating than boring Christianity.

  75. @madmikem16

    May 23, 2024 at 8:05 pm

    You lost me at corn head

  76. @RonJohn63

    May 24, 2024 at 12:39 pm

    22:07. Pfft. They made a good *simplistic* system. Writing the number 300, though, or multiplying numbers, gets much harder.

  77. @aycoded7840

    May 24, 2024 at 12:48 pm

    That story about him finding that lost city was actually super cool

  78. @omicronlion

    May 24, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    We’re MAYA not MAYAN, without the N please!!!
    Mayan is reserved only to refer to the language group, Maya is for everything else.
    Think Arab vs Arabic/Arabian

  79. @tentaclefather2069

    May 24, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    Ceramic beans as counterfeit is hilarious idk why first thing was like yeah ima make some fake money like normal people idk 😂

  80. @tentaclefather2069

    May 24, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    If you bring him back id like to ask what he thinks about some universitys being older than the mayan civilization

  81. @av1421

    May 24, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    “If mexican lady is under 5’2″ inches, she is prolly mayan” WOAH

  82. @AnanaszTV1

    May 24, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    13:30 i tought its a throne, and the guy just sitting on it sideways

  83. @EvanMoon

    May 24, 2024 at 2:49 pm

    So Mayen people were the first cornheads

  84. @ms.communication8464

    May 24, 2024 at 3:21 pm

    This was excellent! Thank you, Dr. Barnhart!

  85. @LaynieFingers

    May 24, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    It feels so dismissive to say the Mayans (or any other early humans) couldn’t have made things without aliens. They were humans, and humans are creative, and stubborn, and seemingly obsessed (as a group) with making things! It’s incredibly humbling for me to think about how much was accomplished by early humans!

  86. @than217

    May 24, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    Barnhart’s lectures on Great Course are amazing. He’s a cool dude too, he answered questions I had after I traveled to a few Mayan sites. I really wish the Mayan areas were safer nowadays with human trafficking and cartel violence increasing there, it’s such a fascinating and beautiful civilization & people.

  87. @gerrardthomas5607

    May 24, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    I thought the Olmec invented the rubber ball and ball game.

  88. @thatboy3930

    May 24, 2024 at 5:04 pm

    This Maya expert wants to be them so bad… He gets more weird the more you hear him talk

  89. @LordSlag

    May 24, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    Someone get this man a shirt that FITS.

  90. @aoabali

    May 24, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    pretty sure the world ended in 2012. we are like a guy who swallowed a poison pill and doesn’t know it.

  91. @1979draaven

    May 24, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    Woke asshat.

  92. @Mm-hmmm

    May 24, 2024 at 6:41 pm

    🌽 Or 👽

  93. @guillermodavila5128

    May 24, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    Excellent video! 🎉 thanks for sharing your knowledge! 🐉

  94. @Mm-hmmm

    May 24, 2024 at 7:32 pm

    “We’re not going to find anymore.” So all of the desert has been surveyed and excavation? Pls

  95. @pablopablo3834

    May 24, 2024 at 7:56 pm

    Don’t tell people the Aztecs were actually Colonisers they will lose their mind. Lmao

  96. @joshuathomas043

    May 24, 2024 at 7:58 pm

    Too bad we can’t settle political issues(avoid war) with a sporting event these days.

  97. @nathanwagnon5406

    May 24, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    It’s so funny how so many people react to a culture which had so little in common with our eurocentric POV (Aliens, lost tribes of Israel?). Get over it!

    They built their own civilization according to their own way of thinking, and yeah it’s quite different.

    The confusing bit is that they were forced to conform at sword point with the Spanish culture. So their modern culture is adulterated with the Spanish and prior Aztec influence. They are the same people, but they no longer have the same pure culture they evolved. It is interesting that so much has survived despite the coercion.

    Thank you Dr. Barnhart for underscoring these truths

  98. @dennislanigan1082

    May 24, 2024 at 8:24 pm

    Check out Dr. Barnhart’s podcast ArchaeoEd!

  99. @PatrickCordaneReeves

    May 24, 2024 at 8:47 pm

    This fella sounds like Jerry.

  100. @worldwidecox

    May 24, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    This guy totally rules.

  101. @a_lethe_ion

    May 25, 2024 at 7:00 am

    So mayan math is like the french say numbers

  102. @hipolitolopez3775

    May 25, 2024 at 7:12 am

    All Spaniards and white Hispanics need to watch this. They perpetuate this bad idea of them coming to “save us” in the name of their God

  103. @williamcook2499

    May 25, 2024 at 8:36 am

    Qjat the black on this earth…. that question…. amd was lime two or three… ? Where are these these 🐝

  104. @tonygoodwinjr9293

    May 25, 2024 at 9:09 am

    I really enjoyed the video. I learned a lot of things about the Mayans that I didn’t know before. I’d love to hear more questions answered about them

  105. @pls-shanice

    May 25, 2024 at 9:19 am

    Did the Maya know about solar flares?

  106. @pls-shanice

    May 25, 2024 at 9:28 am

    Can we have an episode on the cultural history of domesticated fruits and vegetables?

  107. @VegasUte

    May 25, 2024 at 9:44 am

    If anyone is a Teaching Co fan, Dr Barnhart has done some great courses for them. He is really good lecturer.

  108. @Hawk-qn2zk

    May 25, 2024 at 9:46 am

    What a great interview 👏

  109. @RH-hb6qh

    May 25, 2024 at 10:15 am

    Dr Barnhardt!! His Great Courses lectures are so good!!

  110. @JonTheJotter

    May 25, 2024 at 10:36 am

    Whenever I go to bbq I will honor the cook by admiring his fire with “nice k’ak’ “! 🔥🔥🔥

  111. @JohnVKaravitis

    May 25, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    9 months referring to human gestation or 10 lunar months???

  112. @AEVMU

    May 25, 2024 at 12:53 pm

    The Maya must be some of the dumbest animals to have ever existed on the planet.

  113. @Spitelcread11s

    May 25, 2024 at 1:17 pm


  114. @natasha6867

    May 25, 2024 at 1:39 pm

    idk if that counting system is more elegant.. works great when its 5+3 but try the number 1000 lol.

  115. @jordandaraujo7810

    May 25, 2024 at 2:00 pm

    I loved hearing him read and say Gen Z-isms

  116. @99kdaniel

    May 25, 2024 at 2:19 pm

    Human gestation is 10 months…40 weeks…

  117. @shadearion

    May 25, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    I’d definitely be curious to know his opinion on how much ancient knowledge got lost when the Spanish burned all those books.

  118. @joseescobar3703

    May 25, 2024 at 5:18 pm

    Dr. Ed Barnhart i watched your whole class on wondrium it is still fantastic!

  119. @johnmcque4813

    May 25, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    💙That makes sense, since we know they built on the mountains, but I agree, to be able to say “I found a Mayan City”, it’ is a big deal, I know how hot and muggy it gets in jungle like area’s. Very Cool! 💙

  120. @MrCLAASS

    May 25, 2024 at 6:46 pm

    1) How did the mayan make their building foundations?
    2) how did the mayan engeneers get such strait lines on their buildings?
    That three story tower at Pelenque only settled 2cm over 1000 years.

  121. @MetaPhysStore0770

    May 25, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    Question: is Cahokia in Illinois actually a maya city? Is poverty point a maya city?

  122. @Kenneth_Francis

    May 25, 2024 at 7:34 pm

    It’s crazy how much of the Mayan cities haven’t been excavated

  123. @breathislife384

    May 25, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent video, thank you 🙂

  124. @jasN86

    May 25, 2024 at 7:39 pm

    “…and… and I told them, if they touch my stapler again, I’ll burn the building down”

  125. @mori2039

    May 25, 2024 at 8:51 pm

    “Squeezing their babies head on the sly” is the most hilarious statement

  126. @CharlyM666

    May 25, 2024 at 10:48 pm

    Broke Dave Grohl

  127. @puggynugz922

    May 25, 2024 at 11:15 pm

    We were in Mexico once, in a ferry line with a Maya couple behind us. They were both well under 5′. Their profile was another indicator.

  128. @sweetlikecandy11_11

    May 26, 2024 at 1:30 am

    We need him as a regular on this channel !!!

  129. @carlreijer4478

    May 26, 2024 at 1:36 am

    Answering questions about Mayans, brought to you by a white guy

  130. @sirkittypurrington3521

    May 26, 2024 at 1:59 am

    Anyone else thought of “Road to Eldorado” when Dr. Barnhart explained the sports with the rubber balls?

  131. @OddVerb

    May 26, 2024 at 2:10 am

    He’s actually pretty cool

  132. @wyzcrackzcomedy5215

    May 26, 2024 at 3:59 am

    A white man proclaiming to be a Mayan expert is wild! Just think of the irony. I’d guess that a Mayan would be a Mayan expert. But that’s just me.

  133. @dennisonwant1808

    May 26, 2024 at 3:59 am

    i could listen to him talk about the Maya all day long!

  134. @ninacrabtree2001

    May 26, 2024 at 4:18 am

    We have a new Most Interesting Man in the World

  135. @stephenfalconer513

    May 26, 2024 at 8:00 am

    love this guy

  136. @jckdnls9292

    May 26, 2024 at 9:33 am

    “they shaped their head to look like corn* there goes whatever credibility he had left…

  137. @thanatosor

    May 26, 2024 at 10:32 am

    Why Maya is so expensive while being so popular than Blender ? 😂

  138. @SonOfMeme

    May 26, 2024 at 10:34 am

    Why do I keep being reborn, struggling and suffering? Oh, you’re talking about the other Maya

  139. @annepoitrineau5650

    May 26, 2024 at 11:24 am

    The people who did not actually grow maize had maize shape heads. Irony.

  140. @annepoitrineau5650

    May 26, 2024 at 11:47 am

    This was wonderful, thank you! Subscribed 🙂 The Maya mathematical system is like the tally system, but more refined. 8+5= 2 bars and three dots 9+. 13=22: 4 bars, 2 dots.
    32 +13=45=9 bars. 34+4=38 which is 7 bars and three dots. Absoluely wonderful system but I wonder what happened with very high numbers?

  141. @4everseekingwisdom690

    May 26, 2024 at 12:12 pm

    Actually they were truly to imitate the race of people (found in Peru and depicted in Egyptian iconography) with prominent elongated skulls. They weren’t trying to look like corn that’s even more ridiculous then what i just said

  142. @katdenning6535

    May 26, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    I was lucky enough to travel to Chacchoben and see a mix of excavated & yet to be excavated ruins. Fascinating stuff

  143. @RealTrentertainment

    May 26, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    Amazing! I really wanna go to Palenque now!

  144. @menkiboj

    May 26, 2024 at 1:12 pm

    sorry what did you say about the numbers… the “western world” uses ARABIC numbers, but if you compare the mayan to roman numerals the idea is identical, and they just use different symbols

  145. @damonlaru8646

    May 26, 2024 at 1:16 pm

    I completely disagree with your perception on the elegance of the maya mathematical system. The western version is praised for its sophistication and perfection by all mathematicians worldwide. Strange how you found elegance in such a primitive figure. It’s like comparing stick figure drawings to a Picasso.

  146. @1dividedby137

    May 26, 2024 at 1:49 pm

    Do not click here —> 18:11

  147. @MorbidEel

    May 26, 2024 at 2:58 pm

    The math segment is missing a crucial bit. How did they write bigger numbers? 20 bars to write 100 would be a chore for record keeping.

    • @DIGINONProductions

      May 27, 2024 at 6:29 pm

      The system is base-20. Depending on positioning the dot means 1, 20, 400, 8000, etc. The bar means 5, 100, 2000, 40000 etc. depending on positioning, So 100 would be a bar (5*20) and a shell (0*1).

  148. @user-mj5yj4yx9n

    May 26, 2024 at 3:09 pm

    Maya predictions for 2032-2052 total collapse of humanity

  149. @trh227

    May 26, 2024 at 5:44 pm

    morning glory seeds will make you trip when eaten

  150. @namandhasmana

    May 26, 2024 at 9:43 pm

    most elaborate calendar in ancient times? way off my man. it was Saptrishi Calender, which was and is accurate to this date

  151. @namandhasmana

    May 26, 2024 at 9:53 pm

    where are Sanskrit n Tamil in the original *4* scripts? loll

  152. @Al-cynic

    May 26, 2024 at 11:45 pm

    Guys had a good life

  153. @adriftwoodking

    May 27, 2024 at 12:09 am

    Nothing against this guy he seems cool enough, but did you really have to get a white person for this? Seems like a missed opportunity

  154. @Melissa-kq4ss

    May 27, 2024 at 1:00 am

    Fascinating video!!

  155. @scrommy6185

    May 27, 2024 at 1:12 am

    He found a city at 25 using his intuition? That has to be the biggest flex in the history of flex

  156. @awitte7137

    May 27, 2024 at 1:44 am

    Not to be petty, but the reason the world has pretty much stuck to the arabic numeral system is because visual counting systems like the maya system break down at scale. Imagine having to record a transaction of 1 million clay shingles or something by hand, it’d be ridiculous. The arabic system is still vastly superior because it works at single digit levels as well as it works at seven digit levels.

  157. @Pictoru2

    May 27, 2024 at 1:57 am

    Really wish we had a Tv Show akin to Rome, but of the Mayan people, maybe the prelute to Contact with the Spaniards…but mainly focused on their day to day, culture, social intrigue and so on.

  158. @Vabeeotchay

    May 27, 2024 at 2:04 am

    i love how the last day of the third “creation” ends in 3,114 BC which reminds me of PIE

  159. @vagalrabay

    May 27, 2024 at 2:23 am

    this guy is the sheeeeeet

  160. @madderhat5852

    May 27, 2024 at 3:53 am

    I really want a chocolate cup.

  161. @tpower1912

    May 27, 2024 at 5:27 am

    That math system is just the exact same as Roman numerals

  162. @KateHikes1933

    May 27, 2024 at 6:31 am

    Gotta love the subtle ant-White bias that’s been woven into everyone’s thinking, wherein ONLY non-White races are called “indigenous”, and the White race is NEVER called “indigenous”, not even to Europe.

  163. @ikeekieeki

    May 27, 2024 at 9:32 am

    cool interview

  164. @liodemirror1775

    May 27, 2024 at 9:54 am

    The Mayans were ahead of their time. Shame to the european colonizer for making them seen barbaric. Thank God for that Mayan is still spoken in Yucatan for example

  165. @KismetBP

    May 27, 2024 at 12:20 pm

    I am left with the question = Why did they abandon their cities that they spent so much time & effort on?

  166. @antoniobarbalau1107

    May 27, 2024 at 6:02 pm

    This is amazing. Thank you ❤️

  167. @earth9544

    May 27, 2024 at 6:50 pm

    ‘Maya Support’
    Mayan is the language Doc
    otherwise he’s spot on

  168. @jayceewedmak9524

    May 27, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you very much! 😊

  169. @Therealgrinc

    May 27, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    Honestly this guy is annoying.

  170. @devinshea2248

    May 27, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    I wish I could see drone footy of the pitz ball game they played during their version of playoffs. Just imagine the clothes, the sounds, the food.

  171. @via-anghelmagahum2586

    May 27, 2024 at 11:09 pm

    Do a video with experts in Feudal Japan or Ancient China! Or even on Ancient West African history!!!

  172. @alwilliams5177

    May 27, 2024 at 11:51 pm

    “I like still being here” is the wisest statement I have ever heard in a YouTube video. ❤

  173. @annelise6394

    May 28, 2024 at 2:48 am

    Loved this so much!! Wish it was longer! I could listen to his explanations for hours!!

  174. @doubledutchclutch

    May 28, 2024 at 5:53 am

    I loved this video. So informative!

  175. @RogueTalent

    May 28, 2024 at 10:04 am

    I loved his answer to the aliens question!

  176. @tsirakura1684

    May 28, 2024 at 11:06 am

    I held off watching this because I was afraid of another prejudiced video against people that is so often mysticized. I am so happy after watching this video because of how respectful all this knowledge was presented. It’s clear he loves his field of study and has immense respect for the maya culture and people both past and present. Thank you for posting this.

  177. @ungenbunyon5548

    May 28, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    A baby with a flat head is less likely to roll over and fall out of its bed

  178. @Marko-xe7il

    May 28, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    thats a bad wig

  179. @jessicatingley4591

    May 28, 2024 at 1:19 pm

    Fellow archaeologist and paleoanthropologist here! I cannot appreciate enough how much he touched on the conspiracy of aliens being directed solely towards POC/Indigenous groups, as if they were not as capable as the “more white” civilizations and could never construct such impressive structures on their own – like the Greeks and Romans. He has always been such an incredible archaeologist! There is *almost* never a question of aliens (or giants) helping the Romans build the Colosseum (which had the capability to have naval battles within it), The Colossus of Rhodes or Nero, Trajan’s Column, the Pantheon, the aqueduct systems, so on and so forth. These hurtful conspiracies are crucial to debunk in our field, and not everyone is willing to touch on the subject; particularly the older people in our field. Working for the museum industry, you can guess what kind of people always ask us these questions. They also tend to throw a hissy-fit when we reach the human evolution part of the Paleo tours.

  180. @seymaple

    May 28, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    Blenders better

  181. @justinkaviar

    May 28, 2024 at 2:28 pm

    This was great. The best Wired interview video I’ve seen!

  182. @grazfab

    May 28, 2024 at 2:44 pm

    Dr. Ed Barnhart thanks for your life dedicated entirely to research🌹 MALTIOX

  183. @meadowmaiden4621

    May 28, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    learned that I was pronouncing the plural of Maya wrong x_X this was fascinating.

  184. @mattgolden2127

    May 28, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    The pyramids werent tombs idc what anyone says

    • @TheRealCharlesDarwin

      May 28, 2024 at 6:38 pm

      You really need to elaborate more. Egyptian pyramids were mostly built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs and their consorts. Mayan pyramids were mostly used as temples and focal points for Maya religious practices but also as tombs for deceased rulers.

  185. @upsguppy520

    May 28, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    ohh ok not alien ship …. but something far less fanciful like the skeletal jaws of of the under world via the word tree? and you say it like it doesnt sound like its not as crazy as alien ship and what indication do we have that it is his moment of death?

  186. @pradeepdeviSri

    May 28, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    For what mathematical system the west is proud of ?!

  187. @dynad00d15

    May 28, 2024 at 11:34 pm

    I learned about the Yucatec mayan language (surprisingly accurate) in a Tex Murphy adventure game. Cool.

  188. @payasa_pallasa

    May 28, 2024 at 11:44 pm

    I don’t like this guy

  189. @tmrb7600

    May 29, 2024 at 12:33 am

    Awesome video!

  190. @tommypiffington3374

    May 29, 2024 at 4:14 am

    I’m not letting a msheU beat me foh 😂

  191. @remaiin182

    May 29, 2024 at 9:08 am

    When I saw the thumbnail, just thought
    Does Dave Grohl have a side hussel that I don’t know about?

  192. @samanthatixierperez6313

    May 29, 2024 at 11:21 am

    Some of y’all’s Twitter names have me dead AF lmao and the way he read them shits about the sandals I’m so weak I love this lol

  193. @viviank.203

    May 29, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    me 5’0” being a little mexican woman and realizing i’m maya 🙀

  194. @Krissy_Bunnie

    May 29, 2024 at 2:19 pm

    What else do you make with those Morning Glory seeds?

  195. @jorgecruz1235

    May 29, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    Important to note that Mayan people still exist to this day. The U.S. funded a genocide in Guatemala that killed 200,000 of them in the 1980s

  196. @cjellisgeo

    May 29, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    Love this!

  197. @seosamh.forbes

    May 29, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    There’s no way there’d be a Mayan city in Canada, but the natives of Mexico weren’t the only Ancient Americans that built great structures. Here in my county in rural Kentucky there are at least 17 burial mounds, and the city of Cahokia is not far. So it’s not likely he found a Mayan city but he probably found something.

  198. @JulianaAndersson

    May 29, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    CE/BCE is so frickin dumb! if you are going to change to a secular “universal” timeline, one should not just rename a timeline yet keep the “0” at Christ’s birth. How does that make sense?

  199. @parth.mandaliya

    May 29, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    I didn’t know the people of Mayan civilization had survived, for some reason I always thought that the inquisition was the end of it.

  200. @budadi

    May 29, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Me: I need to sleep!
    Also me: Hm, Maya expert.

  201. @MarkoZds

    May 29, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    I can’t believe the Dallas Cowboys go all the way back to the ancient Maya.

  202. @UlookGone

    May 29, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    The Sovereign Plumed Serpent to be exact Kukulcan aka Quetzalcoatl

  203. @jerrysproule1986

    May 29, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    CE Christ Existed

  204. @Betweentwogames

    May 29, 2024 at 8:08 pm

    The story about the lost city was incredible. Thanks.

  205. @nerdjournal

    May 29, 2024 at 8:29 pm

    If your kak is on fire… see a doctor. Just saying.

  206. @redaipo

    May 29, 2024 at 8:52 pm

    that numbering system is dope and all until 3+4

  207. @joel2421

    May 29, 2024 at 9:20 pm

    This was simply amazing. Thank you!

  208. @manahakume9870

    May 29, 2024 at 9:24 pm

    how can i figure out if my husband and daughter are Mayan? XD hes adopted and the only info hes ever gotten on his native roots is ‘some tribe out of mexico that eventually ended up in Kansas’ so i half tease their Mayan XD

  209. @sarahredfox7942

    May 29, 2024 at 11:57 pm

    Super interesting! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!!!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

  210. @kittykat490

    May 30, 2024 at 12:31 am

    This man dropping that he discovered a Mayan city at 25 in the 90s just going off of a hunch and that he got to name it, in the same tone as the rest of his answers, has gotta be one of the coldest things I’ve ever heard.

  211. @FromtheLBC

    May 30, 2024 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for your expertise and shedding light on misconceptions regarding the Maya

  212. @Renatus_Eruditus

    May 30, 2024 at 3:17 am

    Curious why a Maya Historian would use Papyrus to title a Mayan map, given that the typeface was inspired by ancient Egyptian/Middle-Eastern handwritten script.

  213. @thefreshmaker001

    May 30, 2024 at 5:20 am

    He’s so cool

  214. @AndreeaCe

    May 30, 2024 at 5:25 am

    That regarding pseudoscience was good.
    This one is impertinent.

  215. @maishesbeautiful

    May 30, 2024 at 9:05 am

    yea keep these up

  216. @SeanCurtiss

    May 30, 2024 at 10:46 am

    Ed looks like alternate universe Dave Grohl

  217. @user-ev9gy1ni6u

    May 30, 2024 at 11:15 am

    The Mayans never predicted the world was going to end with their calendar. Could u imagine making a calendar that big, u know u gotta stop making it at some point and put yourself on a break.

  218. @jordanwhite352

    May 30, 2024 at 11:50 am

    The thing that always frustrates me and blows my mind about the ancient alien theory is that you never see this question brought up in Western Central European civilizations. No one’s asking if aliens built the Stonehenge or the leaning Tower or Pisa or any of the Greek temples like the pantheon or the coliseum or any of these other things that would be totally qualified for ancient aliens to help build if pyramids also qualified. Just really shows the racism of these sorts of thoughts

  219. @jordanwhite352

    May 30, 2024 at 11:59 am

    Also imagine being a Spaniard or other Europeans and you come across the city like Tikal Which has an entire aqueducting and sewage system. That’s automatic right by gravity and landscaping while your civilization shits in jars and throws them out on the window into the open street and looking at this and going “look at these primitive peoples.” The sheer hubtis of it.

  220. @earthcoloredeyes5043

    May 30, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    Yes white man please tell me about my ancestors! Lol

  221. @gabecvale1234

    May 30, 2024 at 2:03 pm

    On google maps, there is a bigfoot heres the code for the bigfoot area where it was. 38°16’24” N 108°08’32″W. Please explain this to me, is this real, or fake?

  222. @jadetriche914

    May 30, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    I remember doing my 6th grade social studies project on the Mayans… that was in 2009. My classmates were relieved when I told them 2012 was not the end of the world, but just the end of a “life cycle.”

  223. @justsomeguy583

    May 30, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    Once again, Wired found the singlemost charismatic and engaging teacher for the class. This was amazing, I hope Dr. Ed will come back for Mayan Support 2!

  224. @Liv-sz8rv

    May 30, 2024 at 3:44 pm

    20:00 reminds me of “history of the entire world, i guess” ✨🎵 the Mayans have figured out the staaaaaaaars 🎵✨

  225. @joelonsdale

    May 30, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    What an incredible communicator – such passion and clarity!

  226. @julielaughs14

    May 30, 2024 at 5:15 pm

    I had no idea that the ball game in The Road to El Dorado was based on a real Maya game!

  227. @ellyketchum3290

    May 30, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    I want more.

  228. @dulcechavez9736

    May 30, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Expert in Mayan culture? 😹 I’m pretty sure there are people born in the area that have ancestors and are better informed

  229. @frisco9568

    May 30, 2024 at 6:09 pm

    He should’ve covered the two biggest Mayan arch nemesis Calakmul(Mexico)and Tikal(Guatemala). Btw the Olmec were actually the first to use rubber, cacao, maiz, etc.

  230. @Ripplesinthewaters

    May 30, 2024 at 6:43 pm

    I would like to know why the Maya (and the other ancients) abandoned their cities? Was Cortes responsible for it all?

  231. @anilbalram7768

    May 30, 2024 at 6:44 pm

    No go back to the end of the world day

  232. @blairpenny1526

    May 30, 2024 at 6:48 pm

    Did they? Obama’s second term absolutely was the shift that started the destruction of the US that is nearing completion and a weak America means world chaos in the power vacuum like we see now. Now we get a purely political prosecution of Bidens (read Obama) chief rival to finish the job

  233. @glendawoodson8777

    May 30, 2024 at 8:44 pm

    This man’s job is so important. Protect the historians, archeologists, etc at all costs. We will need their knowledge in the future.

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