Many places (e.g., here) state that the Mayans thought the Earth was flat.

At the same time, Mayan astronomical knowledge is impressive. They made accurate computations of the length of a solar year and of planets like Venus. Is it really possible, with such advanced knowledge of astronomy, that Mayans believed the Earth was flat?

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    With up to 2 million people, it seems likely that the one culture contained multitudes of opinions and beliefs...
    – Oddthinking
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 0:46
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    @Oddthinking Sheer number of people doesn't mean a multitude of beliefs. Because it has 350m people doesn't mean the modern US contains a huge multitude of opinions on whether the Earth is flat or round. Commented May 11, 2016 at 12:12
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    @DJClayworth: Ha! Good point. I just get my guard up when people say "Australian Aborigines believe that..." or "Jews believe that...", and I am worried this might revolve around a similar false assumption.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 13:25

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The anthropological consensus does appear to be that the Mayans believed the earth was flat - at least as a generalization. Sifting reliable sources from the hundreds of pages of woo is extremely difficult, but here are some relatively good references I have found:

I'm aware that the first link is in the question, but since it's a reference from a reliable source it deserves to be included.


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