It was extreme drought, say UC Davis researchers • Within about 80 years, it fell completely apart Decades of extreme weather crippled, and ultimately decimated, first the political culture and later the human population of the ancient Maya, according to a new study by an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes two University of California, Davis, scientists.
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Big government perhaps?
Calendar regulations were so stringent that moving beyond 12/21/12 was impossible. Seeing they would have no future bryond that date, the Mayan society sef-destructed.
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All those rotting human sacrifices caused a methane pulse that induced climate change. Gore said so. I need a ten million dollar grant to prove it.
What's ten mil when the fate of the world hangs in the balance?
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Primitive cultures seem likely to reach a city-state cultural peak, then because they have built a big city and used all the nearby firewood and employed no crop rotations, they deplete the nearby farmland. A drought would add a lot to that, but I wouldn't see it as the sole cause.
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They cut down all of their slow growing trees for timber to fire the kilns for their extensive pottery.
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I thought it was destroyed by one of Howard Stern's farts.
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A similar thing happened in Cahokia:
BTW, Mayan collapse gels well with the Medieval Warm Period.