The 's Ruling Dynasty : The Greatest Maya City State Of The Age

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The year is 810 and the location is Central Petén. Tikal’s ruling dynasty is constructing its last ever building, a stone monument to celebrate the current K’atun ending. Conclusively this was nothing short of remarkable considering Tikal had only recently blossomed like never before in its history, it had a population of roughly 280,000, over 1,500,000 including its vassal city states as well. Indeed the entire Classic Maya world (250AD-900AD) was undergoing changes too, albeit they fluctuated in severity region by region, as the civilisation moved into a new age in its history: The Postclassic Era (900AD-1525AD). Tikal, arguably the greatest Maya city state of the age, was swiftly deserted as the political figure at its foundation, the K’uhul Ajaw, was removed from his literal and theoretical throne. However in looking at Tikal, many queries are raised about the wide response historians have accounted for the decline. Is the word decline appropriate? Historically historians used the verb collapse regarding this fall from grace, yet while at Tikal it was a sudden process this wasn’t the norm in the Yucatan Peninsula. Furthermore are Mayanists to formulate a pattern that applies to all the Maya polities or view states like Tikal as individual and having their own factors accounting for their own transitions? Finally do some of the more popular accounts for the end of Classic Maya, most notably climate change and epidemic warfare, truly account for this? Tikal was certainly…

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