The Fall Of The Ancient Maya

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The Moral of the Story is Something We Don’t Know Webster’s investigation into the Mayan Collapse in his book The Fall of the Ancient Maya is quite lengthy for the number of conclusions he makes. In fact, he spends his last chapter of the book explaining that, as much as we may want it, there is no clear cut answer currently for why the Mayan civilization fell. He shares his ideas concerning Mayan overpopulation, warfare, competition between nobles, and an ideological decline but does not claim to be infallible in his assertions, and instead insists that we as readers should make up our own mind about what happened to the Mayans. As such, I prefer the migration hypothesis of the Mayan collapse, which hypothesizes that the Mayan population rotated around Mayan territory, shifting their residence based on the availability of resources, perceived competency of leadership, and the threat of conflict, until they finally exhausted all available space to them and were left with no place to go. This theory of collapse incorporates much of what Webster claims to be central to the Mayan collapse while also providing a very logical story as to how it occurred, but without further evidence, cannot be proven. Regardless, this sort of exploration into the Mayans has widened the lens with which societal collapse is inspected. Webster’s wealth of research into the Mayans brought factors that had previously been overlooked in other societal collapses, namely his ideas of an ideological

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