The Collapse Of The Maya Essay

1361 Words Nov 29th, 2015 6 Pages
People today often wonder what happened to great and legendary civilizations, such as the Maya, that seem to simply disappear; leaving only their cities, temples, and a few scattered traces behind. It’s a common misconception that the Maya people disappeared. The Maya are still around, and in fact still live in many parts of Mesoamerica. The mystery that surrounds the Maya is why so many of their cities were abandoned and the population depleted in a relatively short amount of time. There have been various hypotheses on what caused the collapse of the Maya, ranging from warfare to environmental problems. There has been no clear answer, but many academics believe it may have been a combination of factors that contributed to the fall of the Maya civilization from about A.D. 400 to A.D. 900. At the present time, one of the hypotheses that is put forth to explain the collapse of the Maya is warfare. The question many people ask is whether the Maya civilization due to class warfare, inner conflict, or from outside attacks. Some academics have found “archaeological evidence…[that] suggest the existence of class warfare…and precipitated the depopulation of the lowland area” (Hamblin and Pitcher 1980:246). To support this hypothesis, data was gathered using knowledge of past large societies as well as a type of statistical analysis of patterns to show the Maya collapse exhibits the same types of patterns that would go along with the inner conflict theory. One proponent of a…

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