Archaeologists Uncover New Clues on the Collapse of the Maya Civilization

Scientists have long puzzled over what caused what is known as the Classic Maya collapse in the 9th century. More recent investigations have revealed that the Maya also experienced an earlier collapse in the 2nd century — now called the Preclassic collapse. Do you have any ideas what may have caused these collapses? Archaeologists have now developed a precise timeline that clarifies patterns leading up to two major collapses of the ancient civilization. What elements do you expect are included on their timeline?

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