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How Many Mayans Were There?

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#1    kannin

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Posted 27 June 2013 - 05:29 PM

BYU soil scientists work at the ancient Maya location near Tikal, Guatemala.
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The traces of ancient corn farms could reveal how many people lived in a legendary Maya city, a new study suggests.

The pyramid-filled Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological complexes in Central America. The vast city-state had a long run, flourishing from roughly 600 B.C. until A.D. 900 when the Maya civilization mysteriously collapsed. A group of scientists recently revisited the site, not to hunt for lost treasures or artifacts, but to look for clues in the soil chemistry that might reveal the population of Tikal in its prime.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:20 PM

I am gonna say more than 1.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 03:42 PM

View Postancient astronaut, on 29 June 2013 - 03:20 PM, said:

I am gonna say more than 1.

Lol

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 04:39 PM

neat article. this isn't the type of research that gets most people all excited, but i'm personally more interested in the lives of ordinary people in the past, and with so few records that talk about them, looking at what they ate, how and where is the best way to find out something.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 05:05 PM

Well, there are an estimated 6 million of them now.  To have done all that they did, building monuments, growing food for the cities, etc., there had to be a good-sized population back then.  I am more interested in the common folk, too, than in the rulers.  If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I'm pretty sure I was always a peasant.


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:01 PM

I love all history but being working class I always want to know about the **** end of societies as I feel closer to them being an arsender myself


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Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:19 PM

1,831,396


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:57 AM

Iam going to say 1 million people there


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:02 AM

144,000


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:35 AM

such fascinating and constructive contributions to the conversation!

(now where's that tag for intense, withering sarcasm?)

seriously though, did anyone actually read the linked paper?


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:15 AM

I wonder why civilization emrged in Yucantan and not in Amazonia?

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 30 June 2013 - 05:02 AM, said:

144,000
You dont think they were all saints?

Edited by the L, 30 June 2013 - 05:24 PM.

JFK: "And we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:07 PM

I read it.  It would be rude to reply if I hadn't read it.  You made me go out and buy the National Geographic special issue on the Mayan civilization today, kannin.  Piqued the interest.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 11:37 AM

View Postmoonshadow60, on 30 June 2013 - 10:07 PM, said:

I read it.  It would be rude to reply if I hadn't read it.  You made me go out and buy the National Geographic special issue on the Mayan civilization today, kannin.  Piqued the interest.

im glad I could!

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 03:16 PM

Alot





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