On the Maya Collapse

  title={On the Maya Collapse},
  author={Robert S. Santley and Thomas W. Killion and Mark Lycett},
  • Robert S. Santley, Thomas W. Killion, Mark Lycett
  • Published 2008
The collapse of Late Classic Maya civilization involved more than the disintegration of political structure. It involved a total system failure in which both centers and dependent villages were abandoned by elites and commoners alike. The lowland rainforest habitat where Maya civilization developed was not significantly reoccupied until comparatively recent imes. The collapse was differential, in that centers in coastal areas or drier regions such as northern Yucatan were not depopulated to the… CONTINUE READING


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