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What Happened to the Classic Maya?

12351. What Happened to the Classic Maya?

Solid overview of the Classic Maya civilization and the mystery of its disappearance around 800-900 AD. Includes origins of Maya civilization from 1000 B.C. and summary of its culture, thorough review of the 1990's scholarly debate on the nature of Mayan government (separate city-states or regional alliances?) and nature of Mayan warfare (single combat of elite warriors or resource aggrandizement?) and problems of translating Mayan glyphs, the enigmatic evidence on disappearance and possible theories: drought, political collapse, conquest by new social system at Chichen Itza and their Mexican allies, or evolutionary transformation. 12p., 17b., 36 notes in text.

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