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Geography in the News: Demise of the Maya

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Appalachian State University  DID CLIMATE CHANGE DESTROY THE MAYA? A recent article in the journal Science sheds new light on the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization. Scientists have argued for decades over what caused the Maya culture to disappear. The new study points to large-scale climate change…

A Maya Doomsday Prophecy?

It has long been debated whether a Maya glyph refers to an apocalypse that will arrive in 2012, and now the Mexican Institute of Archaeology has acknowledged that there may be a second reference to the date on a brick discovered years ago at the Comalcalco ruin. With royal palaces, strategic alliances and bloodshed, the Maya civilization hardly needs doomsday prophecies to add drama, so revisit National Geographic content on the Maya and the Mayanists who study them. Then take an interactive 20-question quiz on the Maya.

2012: The Truth About The End of the World

Remember what life was like in 1999? Millennium fever was sweeping the world and scientists, regular folk, and the new-age-erati were focused on January 1, 2000. Y2K was coming and it was bringing with it a digital Armageddon. And when it finally arrived, we celebrated (and ducked) and nothing happened … except January 2. Something…

The Meaning of Words: New Evidence of Ancient Maya History

Maya hieroglyphic stairway discovered at El Palmar in Campeche, Mexico. There are only twenty of these reported in over five thousand documented sites in the region. A spectacular find that may shed light into a new type of sacred space among the ancient Maya.