7 December 2015
Dr. Travis Stanton
Archaeological Interpretations: Archaeology Eastern Mesoamerica
The Mysterious Collapse
Mayan civilization began long before Christopher Columbus, “ founded the new world”, The Mayan civilization persisted for more than 1,000 years, That is over twice as long as America, just think that a society formed by people some see as primitive expanded into a thriving society which lasted over 1,000 years. This also means that in 1,000 years there were factors slowly leading to the Mayans demise. Archaeologists and other scientists each have their own beliefs for how the Mayan society disappeared. Some hypothesis it was brought upon by a drought, others say it was due to a collapse in their socio-political structure. There are also some who believe that either war or disease was the causing factor. There could even be a mixture of these four factors which lead the Mayans to their doom. Each have their foundation and scientific evidence which supports the individual idea. I will cover each factor separately and then go on to state that the most logical explanation for the decline in Mayan society would be a drought that occurred simultaneously with the decline of Mayan society.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines collapse as;
“1 : to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely : fall into a jumbled or flattened mass through the force of external pressure
2 : to suddenly lose force,