Archaeology of the ancient Mayan civilization of Mesoamerica
October 15, 2015 – 07:46 am
Between 600 AD and 800 AD, the Classic Maya flourished in the southern lowlands. Then, for what may prove to be a multitude of reasons, the great Maya centers of the southern lowlands fell into ruin abandoned and left to be reclaimed by the surrounding rainforest. Many theories have been proposed to explain this "collapse" including: over-population, extensive warfare, revolt of the farmer/laborer class, or any number of devastating natural disasters. Whatever the reason, its effect was contained to the central region and the northern lowlands continued to prosper during what is called the Late Classic period. During this time there was an infusion of the Mexican/Toltec culture that is evident in sites such as Chichén Itza and Uxmal.
By the time of the Conquest, the Maya civilization was in its Post Classic phase and had reverted to an essentially Maya culture in scattered city-states. It was this lack of cohesion that would thwart the Spaniard's attempts to conquer the Maya.
Although the Maya have endured repression and persecution in one form or another for the past 500 years, more than 6 million descendants still maintain a culture that is distinctly Maya in areas of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.THE ANCIENT MAYA MAYA AREA MESOAMERICA PRE-CLASSIC PERIOD 2500-1200 BC Cenote Maní Tlatilco 1200-300 BC Loltun
Nakbé San Lorenzo
La Venta 300BC-250 AD El Mirador Cuicuilco CLASSIC PERIOD 250-600 AD Uaxactun
Monte Alban 600-800 AD Yaxchilan
Cholula 800-1000 AD Tonnina
Cacaxtla POST-CLASSIC PERIOD 1000-1250 AD Chichén Itza Tula
Mitla 1250-1519 AD Mayapan
Tayasal Tenochititlan READ MORE ABOUT IT A Forest of Kings : The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya Scribes, Warriors and Kings: The City of Copan and the Ancient Maya The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya City Maya
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