5. Mayans - Prof Turner The Earth Transformed 9.13.07 I The...

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Prof. Turner The Earth Transformed 9.13.07 I) The Collapse of the Ancient Maya 1) Maya Overview a The lowland Maya developed throughout the Yucatan peninsular region b Arrived about 2000 BC, reached climax of advanced civilization about AD 800 = “classic period” c Civilization collapsed between AD 900-1000 and the central lowlands were abandoned d No agreement on the causes of the collapse and abandonment but convergence on HW dynamics 2) Collapse Theory a Climate change = wetter diseases b c Peasant revolt d *Climate change = desiccation e *Land degradation f g Must account for 1,000 yrs of sparse occupation – no major repopulation of the area 3) Environmental conditions a Maya lowlands = seasonal tropical forest land (distinctive dry season) b Karst topography = surface water problems during dry season c 4) Maya Land-Use: a Old Orthodoxy (i) Long thought to have been limited to slash-and-burn
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course GEOG 180 taught by Professor Turner during the Fall '08 term at Clark University.

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5. Mayans - Prof Turner The Earth Transformed 9.13.07 I The...

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