The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Residence and Vulnerability
Editor(s): Gyles Iannone
In The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context, contributors reject the popularized link between societal collapse and drought in Maya civilization, arguing that a series of periodic "collapses," including the infamous Terminal Classic collapse (AD 750), were caused not solely by climate change-related droughts but by a combination of other social, political, and environmental factors. New and senior scholars of archaeology and environmental science explore the timing and intensity of droughts and provide a nuanced understanding of socio-ecological dynamics, with specific reference to what makes communities resilient or vulnerable when faced with environmental change.
Contributors recognize the existence of four droughts that correlate with periods of demographic and political decline and identify a variety of concurrent political and social issues. They argue that these primary underlying factors were exacerbated by drought conditions and ultimately led to societal transitions that were by no means uniform across various sites and subregions. They also deconstruct the concept of "collapse" itself—although the line of Maya kings ended with the Terminal Classic collapse, the Maya people and their civilization survived.
The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context offers new insights into the complicated series of events that impacted the decline of Maya civilization. This significant contribution to our increasingly comprehensive understanding of ancient Maya culture will be of interest to students and scholars of archaeology, anthropology, geography, and environmental studies.
This resource is a sample of "The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Residence and Vulnerability." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Residence and Vulnerability. Gyles Iannone. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2014 ( tDAR id: 399139) ; doi:10.6067/XCV87S7QBG
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
Agricultural Landscapes • Ancient Maya Forest • Classic Maya Collapse • Classic Maya River Kingdoms • Climate Change • Deer Remains • Deforestation • Developmental History • Drought • Drought Severity • Ecology • Economic Change • Environmental Change • Great Maya Droughts • Oxygen isotopes • settlement • Site Abandonment • Socioecological Dynamics • Tracing Droughts • Warfare • Wet Zone • Zooarchaeological Habitat Analysis
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Contact(s): Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach; Beth Svinarich
Contributor(s): James Aimers; Jaime Awe; Timothy Beach; George Brooke; Arlen Chase; Diane Chase; James Conolly; Bruce H. Dahlin; Arthur Demarest; Nicholas Dunning; Kitty Emery; Anabel Ford; Charles Golden; Robert Griffin; David Hodell; Gyles Iannone; John Jones; Carmen McCane; Holley Moyes; Udaysankar Nair; Ronald Nigh; Robert Oglesby; Matt O'Mansky; Jason Polk; Antoine Repussard; Vernon Scarborough; Andrew Scherer; Henry P. Schwarcz; Thomas L. Sever; Erin Kennedy Thornton; Fred Valdez; David Wahl; David Webster; James Webster; Jason Yaeger
Permitting Agency(s): University Press of Colorado
Repository(s): University of Colorado
General Note: This resource is a sample of "The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Residence and Vulnerability." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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