Originally Posted by Laughing_Gnome_Invisible
That's probably right, but what would they know? Didn't they have to be taught their own ancient language by researchers?
Good point. The Mayans had the wheel, but never figured out how to use it as such. Instead of putting it on a cart to haul stuff with, they made it into calendars & alterstones.
From The History Channel:
"Remarkably, the ancient Maya managed to build elaborate temples and great cities without what we would consider to be essential tools: metal and the wheel. However, they did use a number of other “modern” innovations and tools, especially in the decorative arts. For example, they built complicated looms for weaving cloth and devised a rainbow of glittery paints made from mica, a mineral that still has technological uses today."