collapse of ancient Mayan capital linked to drought

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31522-x” width=”800″ height=”530″/> Map of Mayapan. a, Layout of the city showing housing complexes, the defensive wall, formal gates, and the locations of skeletal samples (red dots). b, Gate and wall configurations adapted from prior research. c, Cross-section of the tiered double-wall construction surrounding Mayapan. MB, Mass Burial. Credit: Nature Communications … Read more

How drought destabilized the last major precolonial Mayan city

Archaeologists have been investigating the site of Mayapán since the 1950s. Credit: Bradley Russell, Author provided The city of Mayapán was the largest Mayan city from approximately 1200 to 1450 AD. It was an important political, economic and religious center, and the capital of a large state that controlled much of northwestern Yucatan in present … Read more