The Archaic Period in Mesoamerica during which hunter-gatherer culture moved toward agriculture.
7000 BCE - 2000 BCE
Mayan Culture buries their dead individually under homes.
The Olmec Period which saw the rise of the Olmec culture's work in stone, first major cities appear.
1200 BCE - 300 BCE
The Zapotec Period in which writing, mathematics, and astronomy were disseminated. Calendar developed..
600 BCE - 800 CE
Traditional Maya founding date of Yaxchilan. And then from 580 CE - c. 800 CE Maya Yaxchilan flourishes.
320 CE - 800 CE
First contact between Teotihuacan and Tikal (Two cities).
In 900 CE Maya Tikal is definitively abandoned. 950 CE - 1524 CE Is then the Post-Classic Period in which the cities were abandoned and the region was invaded by the Spanish conquerors.
900 CE - 1524 CE
The Battle of Utatlan in which the last Maya resistance is crushed by the conquistador Alvarado. Traditional date of the end of the Maya Civilization.
Diego de Landa, Bishop of the Yucatan, burns the books and images of the Maya outside the church at Mani.
12 Jul 1562 CE
The Maya civilization is discovered by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood who explore and document the ruins.