Mesoamerican Achievements in Astronomy & Architecture


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What were the two most important sciences to MesoAmerican cultures?

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1. What is monumental architecture?

2. What is a stepped pyramid?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This printable quiz and interactive worksheet will help you understand architectural and scientific knowledge of mesoamerican cultures. Key concepts to look out for include the types of monument styles and the astronomy practices of the Inca, Aztec, and Mayan cultures.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable quiz and worksheet to review:

  • The cultures of the major mesoamerican societies: the Inca, Aztec, and Mayan
  • Architectural engineering practices for constructing buildings and monuments
  • Sciences that were pioneered and practiced

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you retain the most important information about these civilizations, including the influence astronomy had on mesoamerican calendars
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as twin pyramid, step pyramid, and monumental architecture
  • Making connections - understand how mesoamerican knowledge of astronomy and science influenced their calendar system
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Inca, Aztec, and Mayan cultures

Additional Learning

Learn more about mesoamerican engineering and sciences. Review the accompanying lesson plan that covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the role of science and architecture in the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures
  • Learn about the Mayan calendar and its Round Count and Long Count system
  • Discover how the Inca built step monumental architecture without mortar