Most People Don’t Know About the Fall of Mayan Civilization

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1. The Collapse Occurred Over Time, Not Overnight: Contrary to popular belief, the Maya downfall wasn’t a sudden, apocalyptic event.

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2. New Lidar Data Reveals Urban Sprawl & Environmental Engineering: Thanks to groundbreaking lidar surveys over the Guatemalan jungles.

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3. Severe Drought Triggered Agricultural Crises: By analyzing sediment cores from lakes, researchers found evidence of severe drought periods.

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4. Defensive Fortifications Hint at Warfare Factors: The lidar data also exposed widespread defensive fortifications around many Maya cities. 

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5. Maya Kings’ Power Struggles Destabilized Society: Speaking of conflicts, we know from hieroglyphic texts that rivalries.

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6. Deforestation May Have Worsened Droughts: While droughts certainly impacted the Maya, their own actions likely exacerbated the problem. 

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7. Rise of New Trade Routes Undercut Economic Power: For centuries, the economic prowess of cities like Tikal was built.

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8. Overpopulation Strained Resources: At its peak, the Maya civilization was home to millions of people.

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9. Foreign Invasion Theories: While most evidence points to the collapse being driven by internal conflicts and environmental pressures.

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10. Disease May Have Played a Role: Some researchers have suggested that disease, particularly the introduction of European illnesses.

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