THE MAYA COLLAPSES. Overview Why Maya? Maya Environment Maya Agriculture Maya History Mayan Collapse

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  • THE MAYA COLLAPSES
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  • Overview Why Maya? Maya Environment Maya Agriculture Maya History Mayan Collapse
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  • The City was desolate. Here were the remains of a cultivated, polished, and peculiar people, who had passed through all stages incident to the rise and fall of nations, reached their golden age, and perishedIn the romance of the worlds history nothing ever impressed me more forcibly than the spectacle of this once great and lovely city, overturned, desolate, and lost,.overgrown with trees for miles around, and without even a name to distinguish it. -John Stephens
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  • What about Maya? Mayan Writings - still being use to reconstruct Mayan History Mayan Art & Architecture - Archeologists Climate & Environmental changes - Contribute to Collapse Remaining Mayan Culture - Some culture survived collapse
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  • Maya Art
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  • Maya Pottery
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  • Mayan Architecture
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  • Maya Environment
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  • Seasonal Tropical Forest - May October -Unpredictable Rain Fall Seasonal Desert - January April - Maya located 1000miles from of equator Yucatan Peninsula - Karst terrain - South is HIGH above water table
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  • Maya Agriculture Slash and Burn farming style - Corn was 70% of Maya Diet Limitations -Farm animals - Drought and Humid Climate - farm style made for fallow ground - little protein yield Increased Production - terracing of hill slopes -canals - Irrigation
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  • Maya History Pre-Classic Period 2000 B.C. - 250 A.D. - Villages and Pottery -1000 B.C. - Substantial Buildings - 500 B.C. - Writings 400 B.C. Classic Period 250 A.D. 900 A.D. -Kings and Dynasties - most advanced Native American civilization - Culturally most advanced society with extensive preserved writings. Post Classic 900 A.D. 1500 A.D. - Collapse of Classic Maya - Re-focus of Population - Depopulation
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  • COLLAPSE Deforestation and Erosion Climate Change Civil HostilitiesPolitical and Cultural
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  • Collapse Deforestation and Erosion - Agricultural farming style - Cause for Depopulation Climate Change -Unpredictable Rainfall - Humidity Civil Hostilities - Competition for food
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  • Collapse Political - Kings Competition for Land - Wars - Spaniards bring diseases Cultural - Starvation - Thirst - lower Birthrates - High Death Rates
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  • Lest one be misled into thinking that crashes are a risk only for small peripheral societies in fragile areas, the Maya warn us that crashes can also befall the most advanced and creative societies. THE END