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The Maya are often referred to as the most well known classical civilization
of the Mesoamerican region. They are thought to have first originated
around 2600 B.C. in the Yucatan and their society flourished during the
Classic Period from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D. They inhabited the land
presently known as Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Northern Belize, and Honduras.
Their society was based on pre-existing civilizations, but they soon transformed
theirs into a much more complex culture by developing astronomy, calendar
systems, and hieroglyphic writing. Also, history shows us that the
Maya were adept in architecture as is seen by their numerous pyramids.
They were also skilled farmers that managed to clear dense tropical forest
in order to build underground reservations for water. During the
Classic Period, the Maya society consisted of many independent states that
all had their own ruling systems. Around 900 A.D., for reasons still
not proven, the Mayas suddenly started to decline. The theories proposed
by archaeologists for their collapse are very diverse and most likely will
remain a mystery forever. Due to this, we fell that the theories
that caused the disintegration of this incredible civilization deserve
to be looked at in more detail.