Collapse: Why do Civilizations Fall?
2011 05 06

From: Learner.org



Hundreds of years ago in what is now modern Honduras, Copán was a thriving civilization, a center of the cultural life of the Maya. Tens of thousands of people made their home in the Copán Valley. Yet despite its importance, Copán went into decline. Across the vast territory of the ancient Maya, other important sites were sharing a similar fate. Classic Maya civilization was collapsing.

Why did this great civilization fall? The history of humankind has been marked by patterns of growth and decline. Some declines have been gradual, occurring over centuries. Others have been rapid, occurring over the course of a few years. War, drought, natural disaster, disease, overpopulation, economic disruption: any of these or a combination of these events can bring about the collapse of a civilization. Internal causes (such as political struggles or overfarming) can combine with external causes (such as war or natural disaster) to bring about a collapse. What does this mean for modern civilizations? What can we learn from the past?

Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You’ll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse. You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society.

Read More about: The Maya, Mesopotamia, Chaco Canyon, Mali & Songhai and more...

Out Of The Past - An Introduction To Archaeology 1 - New Worlds (Annenberg, 1992)
Parts 1 - 4

Article from: learner.org










Article from: learner.org
Top Image: Source


Leading archaeologist’s take on the pre-European Maya discounts ‘ecocide’, suggests Mayans were astute stewards of the jungle




Also tune into:

Walter Cruttenden - Ancient Cosmology: A Map of the Future

Joseph Davidovits - The Construction of the Pyramids & Reconstituted Limestone

Antoine Gigal - Pyramids, Ancient Egypt, Boat Pits & The Flood

Andrew Collins - Beneath The Pyramids, Giza Cave System Rediscovered

Carmen Boulter - The Pyramid Code, Band of Peace, The Migration of the Nile & Cosmic Cycles

Michael Cremo - Human Devolution & The Yuga Cycle

Klaus Dona - Unsolved Mysteries, Giants & Out of Place Artifacts

Klaus Schmidt - Göbekli Tepe: The World’s Oldest Temple?



Related Articles
Maya Rise and Fall
1000’s Of New Mayan Structures Discovered
Maya plumbing, first pressurized water feature found in New World
World’s Largest Pyramid Discovered, Lost Mayan City Of Mirador Guatemala (Video)
Carl Calleman - The Mayan Calendar and Money (Video)
Archaeologists Find Tunnel Below the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan
Archaeologists discover 2,700-year-old tomb in Mexico
Peruvian archaeologists have found a mummy near Machu Picchu
Super-Civilizations Might Live off Black Holes
Open-sourced blueprints for civilization
The Ultimate Oxymoron: Industrial Civilization and Mental Health
The Incorruptibles: A Requiem for Civilization
Lost Civilization May Have Existed Beneath the Persian Gulf
Amazon Held Advanced, Spectacular Civilizations Prior to European Contact
Minoan Civilization and the Birth of European Art
Emergence of Civilization and Fall into Patriarchal Dominion
Ancient Nazca Civilization Committed Fatal Ecological Error
Rockefeller Fndn - Climate Change Will Collapse Civilization
Earth 2100 the Final Century of Civilization (Video)


Latest News from our Front Page

Google’s New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself
2014 10 30
In college, it wasn’t rare to hear a verbal battle regarding artificial intelligence erupt between my friends studying neuroscience and my friends studying computer science. One rather outrageous fellow would mention the possibility of a computer takeover, and off they went. The neuroscience-savvy would awe at the potential of such hybrid technology as the CS majors argued we have nothing to ...
Former Cop Headed to Trial for Raping a Child While Other Officers Watched
2014 10 30
Pharr, TX — Trial is set to begin December 1, in the case of former Pharr police officer Erasmo Mata, Jr., accused of repeated first-degree felony sexual assaults of a child. A federal civil lawsuit filed with Texas Southern District Court back in May accused Mata of assaulting the minor five times, on five separate occasions, all while on duty. ...
It Has Been Decided; Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton in ’16
2014 10 28
NY Times: The Bushes, Led by W., Rally to Make Jeb ‘45 ’ As Jeb Bush nears a decision to become the third member of his storied family to seek the presidency, the extended Bush clan and its attendant network are largely rallying behind the prospect and pulling the old machine out of the closet. Rebuttal by The Anti-New York ...
Putin at Valdai - World Order: New Rules or a Game without Rules
2014 10 28
From Youtube: Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering a speech at the plenary session of Valdai International Discussion Club, a forum involving the world leading experts at foreign and domestic policy.
Hillary – Says Business does NOT Create Jobs – Washington Does?
2014 10 28
We have a very serious problem with Hillary. I was asked years ago to review Hillary’s Commodity Trading to explain what went on. Effectively, they did trades and simply put winners in her account and the losers in her lawyer’s. This way she gets money that is laundered through the markets – something that would get her 25 years today. People ...
More News »