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THE DOWNFALL OF THE MAYAN CIVILISATION

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The DOWNFALL of the Mayan Civilisation By Kenzie, Molly, Adibah and Tessa INTRODUCTION THEORY - WARFARE THEORY: FAMINE AND CIVIL STRIFE OUR VIEWS Theory 3- Environmental change The downfall of the Maya still serves as one of history’s greatest mysteries even in this modern day. It is rare and uncommon that one of the most mighty and powerful civilisations the ancient Americas disintegrated in such an abrupt manner.
Throughout this presentation, we shall discuss the three popular theories that ancient historians attribute to this unusual demise of the Mayan civilisation. Historians believe that the reason of the Mayan civilisation dieing out was due to the dramatic climate change which occurred somewhere between 810 and 910 A.D They believed it was caused by a long period of dry climate, initiated by three intense droughts, which led to the end of the Maya society. As we all know the Maya were skilled astronomers, they were constantly following the movements of the sun and moon. The Mayan were very skilled as they could predict eclipses, and explain the movement of planets, all without modern day technology. Scientist have found that the drought was rather odd, odd as such as it apparently only happens every 208 years. Scientist believe that nothing shows that the Mayan civilization had any idea about this remarkable change in the sun’s intensity. Therefore leading to an end to the Mayan civilisation. In conclusion, the reason behind the loss of the Maya civilisation narrows down to three theories. In our opinion, the most believable was the theory about Famine and Civil Strife. We think this because, we knew that the Maya’s lost faith in their king, and this caused a great loss of food and earnings. Thus, the famine theory is the one that stands out to us. THEORY: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE As a whole, it is considered that the Maya were a peaceful people, who dedicated themselves to astronomy, architecture and other non-violent pursuits. Nevertheless, this assumption has been disputed with new discoveries and newly deciphered stone-carvings suggesting that the Maya were frequently violent towards one another internally. This is evidenced by the fact that city states, including Dos Pilas, Tikal, Copán and Quirigua were continually at conflict with each other. The extent of the warfare was great as is demonstrated by the invasion and subsequent destruction of Dos Pilas by the Mayas in 760 A.D. In spite of the famine, and loss of respect for the Mayan King. Historians believe that the reason of the Mayan civilisation dieing out was due to the dramatic climate change which occurred somewhere between 810 and 910 A.D They believed it was caused by a long period of dry climate, initiated by three intense droughts, which led to the end of the Maya society. As we all know the Maya were skilled astronomers, they were constantly following the movements of the sun and moon. The Mayan were very skilled as they could predict eclipses, and explain the movement of planets, all without modern day technology. Scientist have found that the drought was rather odd, odd as such as it apparently only happens every 208 years. Scientist believe that nothing shows that the Mayan civilization had any idea about this remarkable change in the sun’s intensity. Therefore leading to an end to the Mayan civilisation. Famine and starvation is an issue that relates to us all, we understand how easily a famine can affect a city or country. We rely on food and drink to keep us alive and healthy, without it we would die and our cities and countries would with us. This is why many historians believe that famine may have caused the collapse of the Mayan civilisation, there is evidence that the cities were growing in large numbers and historians believe that this would have put a great strain on food production and the produce around them causing the Mayan’s to possibly run out of food and basic crops due to growing population and deforestation.
Hungry and overworked citizens may have rebelled against their rulers due to hard working conditions and the famine. This could have caused war and civil strife within cities and between different Mayan city-states, which results to more death including the starved and dying people of the Mayan civilisation.
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