Archaeologists Shed Light On Collapse Of Mayan Civilization

Archaeologists Shed Light On Collapse Of Mayan Civilization
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Archaeologists have created the most precise timeline of Mayan civilization, offering new insights into the ancient people’s downfall. As part of a new survey of Mayan archeological data, researchers analyzed 154 radiocarbon dates at a single site, the Royal Palace of Ceibal, which was burned during the Classic Maya collapse in the 9th century. The newly analyzed dates yielded a more precise chronology, revealing ebbs and flows leading up to the 9th-century collapse. The survey — soon to be published in the journal PNAS — also revealed the presence of an earlier, smaller collapse. As shown by the radiocarbon data, the patterns of population size and building construction before …

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