Mayan civilization Population
BYU soil scientists work at the ancient Maya location near Tikal, Guatemala.
The traces of ancient corn farms could reveal how many people lived in a legendary Maya city, a new study suggests.
The pyramid-filled Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological complexes in Central America. The vast city-state had a long run, flourishing from roughly 600 B.C. until A.D. 900 when the Maya civilization mysteriously collapsed. A group of scientists recently revisited the site, not to hunt for lost treasures or artifacts, but to look for clues in the soil chemistry that might reveal the population of Tikal in its prime.
"Dirt analysis may not be as sexy as digging up a jade mask from a former Maya king, but now we can answer more questions about the regular people that made up this ancient civilization, " study researcher Chris Balzotti, a graduate student at Brigham Young University (BYU), said in a statement. [See Images of the Expedition to Tikal]
To investigate where the Maya did their heaviest farming around Tikal, Balzotti and fellow researchers looked for signatures of corn in the carbon isotopes (carbon atoms with different molecular weights) of 185 soil cores. Then, they used satellite imagery to map the areas that produced the most crops for the Maya.
Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites in Central America. The city-state thrived between roughly 600 B.C. and A.D. 900., with more than two dozen major pyramids and tens of thousands of inhabitants.
Many archeologists have assumed the Maya primarily grew corn, or maize, on the hillsides around Tikal, much like the region's modern inhabitants do. But the BYU-led team found little maize residue in the fertile upland soils. Instead, the farming hotspots seemed to reside in the deep soil zones near the wetlands, called bajos.
"Our soil analysis is finding that Mayas did not grow maize heavily on the hillsides, but rather along the borders of the low-lying wetlands called bajos, " BYU soil scientist Richard Terry said in a statement. "Knowing where they grew corn gives us a clearer picture about their civilization unknown until now."How to detach airpods pro tips? what add to hamburger helper for flavor lasagna How to hack an instagram account? What is a booty call? What are twin flames? What does chupapi munanyo translation to english meaning? What makeup tricks make women look younger? How to find out who owns a property? What is the meaning of yield in driving? What adventure time character are you? Tips on how to release stress? how to have ftoa without helper function How long to cook steak on grill? How to make land in little alchemy? Whats ut called when a medication tricks u? What time does cabela's open? How do you get uber tips as a driver? What is the meaning of diva in english? How to stop anxiety thoughts? What tips fit weller? How old do you have to work at target? How to measure circumference? How to convert heic to jpg? Tips on how to spank and scold? How to change tricks in flip diving? What animal is knuckles? What does wtd mean snapchat? How to get rid of a headache fast? How to evolve swirlix? How to get tomato sauce out of clothes? How david blaine does his tricks? What are symptoms of low vitamin d? What is the meaning of jesus christ? why won't panda helper work How does carbonaro do markov tricks? How are tips done in the nail salon? What does ^ mean? What is the meaning behind pineapple? how to unpack wii u games without wiiu usb helper That mutt how to teach twirl mutt tricks? How many hat tricks does ronaldo have in premier league? What does kun mean in anime? how to disable insight web helper with crosh How do i fight the tricks of the devil? What channel is espn on? What does 11 10 mean? What is the meaning of political map? What is the meaning of gsk? How to get rid of diarrhea? What is the meaning of 2021? How to delete twitter account? How to prepare for anal sex? What are some strengths? What does the bible say about joy? How to get rid of under eye wrinkles? What does omm mean? What does bi annual mean? What does domesticate mean? How to get rid of belly fat quickly? How to be a merc tipz and tricks? What are the little plastic tips on the end of shoelaces called? how to have a private helper varaible java How to cook pork steaks? How to treat yeast infection? What percentage of americans are christian? What are the types of magic tricks? How long to wait for booster after having covid? What does physiology mean? How to do cool coin tricks? Bitcoins how to make money? What does mean? What are bread and butter pickles? How to do tricks on penny board? What level does caterpie evolve? How to see tips on youtube? What does rim job mean? What success mean? What does qanon believe? What are the best cards for magic tricks? Where the crawdads sing title meaning? What does raccoon poop look like? How to do goal tricks in fifa 19? What does harsh mean? How long are the tips? What does five by five mean? Why do tricks like to french kiss? What are pipette tips? What is the meaning of praise? Female masturbation how to tips? How to calculate standard deviation in excel? How to deal with rejection? What is istg meaning? What anime are you quiz? What does ath mean in football? What finger does a promise ring go on? How to draw nsfw? What is the meaning of the medical symbol? What are loins? What does do mean for doctor?
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