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Keywords

  • Maya
  • collapse
  • drought
  • Mesoamerica
  • abandonment
  • agency

Index Terms

  • 0498 Biogeosciences: General or miscellaneous
  • 1637 Global Change: Regional climate change
  • 0510 Computational Geophysics: Agent-based models
  • 1616 Global Change: Climate variability

Article

GEOPHYSICAL MONOGRAPH SERIES, VOL. 198, PP. 27-33, 2012

Environment and Agency in the Ancient Maya Collapse

James J. Aimers

Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, USA


For nearly a century, hypotheses about the causes of the Terminal Classic lowland Maya collapse of the ninth century A.D. have reflected contemporary concerns. Recently, a number of environmental scientists and archaeologists have evoked climate change and drought to explain the Maya collapse and a number of other periods of decline or abandonment in Maya history. In this paper, I suggest that many of the arguments about drought and collapse simplify or misrepresent the archaeological data. Closer collaboration between physical scientists and archaeologists is needed to better align the paleoclimate data with current archaeological evidence.

Citation: Aimers, J. J. (2012), Environment and agency in the ancient Maya collapse, in Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 198, edited by L. Giosan et al., 27–33, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2012GM001204.

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