scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,634
The Maya called it Pok-ta-pok The Aztec called it Tlachtli In Puerto Rico it was called Batey Though may cultures had it and although they called it different things it was still the ball game It is difficult to tell exactly what the Mesoamerican ball game was Of course it was a game played with a rubber ball that weighed any where from six to ten pounds The object of the game was to score points more points than your opponent The players had to bounce the ball to the place to score points which varied at the different courts however the catch to this was that they could not use their hands or feet No other prehistoric sporting event has received as much attention or has been the subject of so much controversy but no other game has been so well represented in the archaeological record Blanchard 99 The origin of this game is not easily determined and has caused as much controversy Franz Blom an archaeologist has argued that the ball game originated with the Maya The game which played so great a role in the life of the Middle American peoples was of Maya origin Blom 487 The evidence for Bloms claim comes from the Maya ball courts dating back to the Classic period Other evidence mainly figurines point to the Preclassic period While no ball courts are known for this period it nevertheless is certain that the ball game was played for many figurines show players with the protection for the hand and knee required for that sport Coe-MexicoOlmec 49 Another archaeologist Michael Coe argues that the ball game dates back to the Olmec period Early ball playing figurines have been found at many Olmec sites Coe suggests that the helmet like headpieces of the colossal Olmec carved heads may be ball game head gear evidence that the Olmec people may have been playing the game over three thousand
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA