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The Rise and Fall of the Maya Empire

The Rise and Fall of the Maya Empire | Mayans | Scoop.it
The Maya Empire, located in what is now Guatemala, reached its peak around the sixth century A.D.

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Belize MAYAN SCHOLARS CONTEMPLATE MEANING OF HYROGLYPH FOUND ON FRINGES OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE for 2012 cyclical history reference.

Belize MAYAN SCHOLARS CONTEMPLATE MEANING OF HYROGLYPH FOUND ON FRINGES OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE for 2012 cyclical history reference. | Mayans | Scoop.it

Xunantanich Mayan temple, capital of the post classic more modern Mayan Empire built about 1200 years ago and abandoned around 900 AD. The two Mayan temples are favorites of exploring tourists in things Mayan and well maintained by the Government of Belize, in their remoteness


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Jimmy Nguyen's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:36 PM

mayan archaeology left behind that shows predictions they made based on their observation of astrology.  

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Why the Maya Fell: Climate Change And a Trip to the Beach?

Why the Maya Fell: Climate Change And a Trip to the Beach? | Mayans | Scoop.it

Every civilization has its rise and fall. But no culture has fallen quite like the Maya Empire, seemingly swallowed by the jungle after centuries of urban, cultural, intellectual, and agricultural evolution.
What went wrong?

 

The latest discoveries point not to a cataclysmic eruption, quake, or plague but rather to climate change. And faced with the fallout, one expert says, the Maya may have packed up and gone to the beach.

 

Throughout global history, he said, "rarely can you find a large sustained population that just left and never came back," Turner said. The closest analogue he can think of is the sudden, and final, abandonment of Cambodia's Angkor Wat complex in the 15th century.


Turner's study concludes that the natural environment recovered rather quickly after the dry centuries. Why, then, didn't the Maya reclaim their glorious cities?


Turner points to the coasts. Fleeing starving, warring inland cities, many Maya made a beeline for the shore. Trade also shifted, from overland paths to coastal routes, he suggests.


With life relatively comfortable on the coast, the inland Mayan cities may have simply been forgotten. No catastrophic earthquake, no plague, no curse, but rather a gradual migration to the beach, where life was a bit mellower.


That is, until the Spanish arrived.


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Sean P Burns's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:14 PM

The theory of climate change being a direct cause to the Maya’s abandoning their building seems to be a sound explanation. As mentioned in the article, there are probably several factors that lead into the decision of the Maya’s to relocate or flee to a different location.  

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Climate Change Killed off Maya Civilization, Study Says

Climate Change Killed off Maya Civilization, Study Says | Mayans | Scoop.it
The Maya were undoubtedly among the great ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. Then, in almost an instant, a society of some 15 million people imploded. What caused their collapse? The answer, say researchers, is climate change.

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Mayan Culture & The Ancient Maya

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Mayan Culture & The Ancient Maya in Belize - Within the 365-acre reserve at Chaa Creek, there are over 50 mounds of Mayan Temples and structures constructed over 1,000 years ago. The ancient Mayan civilization is part of Belize’s rich culture.

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Jimmy Nguyen's curator insight, February 7, 2014 11:53 PM

great article explaining the history and evolution of the mayan civilization. this article describes their society from the very beginning to the demise of their civilization.