The Fall of the Ancient Maya: Solving the Mystery of the Maya Collapse
David L. Webster
11 months ago
David Stuart, the eminent Maya epigrapher, once cogently remarked that the whole Late Classic period was a rehearsal for the collapse. By this he meant that the Maya have fooled us. We see great Late Classic centers such as Tikal or Copan, with their huge buildings, grand palaces, and assertive art and inscriptions as the high tide of Maya civilization. Instead, he suggests, fatal weaknesses lurked behind this glittering facade. The causes of its failure were embodied in its apparent success.