The Disappearance of the Mayan People


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The Disappearance of the Mayan People
Part I: Statement of the Problem
The following paper looks at the disappearance of the Mayan people, a matter that has long stirred debate in academic circles. The paper looks at why these people, who crafted a very powerful civilization, suddenly could not support themselves and fell into a dramatic decline that was devastating and astounding in its nature. Without any question, the evidence available to us suggests that the ancient Mayans were the victims of some great calamity – and the fact that they fell so hard, so fast, is a cautionary tale to us here in the twenty-first century with our own teetering western civilizations with their low birthrates and arrogant presumption that we will always...
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.....t these early Mayans had commerce with the powerful Teotihuacans 500 miles to the west, who built the first great culture of Mesoamerica. Anthropologists had long presumed that the Mayans of the highlands lived in isolation, but Smyth, a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., speculates that the Teotihuacans came calling when warfare among the Maya of the Guatemalan lowlands cut off their source of jade and jaguar pelts. Smyth plans on five more years at the site: "We're trying to find the people, who they were, and where they came from," he says. "They were right under our noses all along."
MAP: Mexico; Texas; Teotihuacan; Chac
PHOTO (COLOR): Anthropologist Michael Smyth, with Chac's great pyramid behind
By Nancy Shute