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How did the ancient Maya deal with drought ?


Posted on Wednesday, 18 July, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments


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Despite regular dry seasons the Maya found an ingenious way to store enough water to sustain them.

Researchers believe that the Mayan civilization at Tikal in Guatemala survived for over a thousand years despite extensive droughts thanks to a sophisticated system of paved reservoirs that stored excess water during the wet season to sustain the population when everything else had dried up.

"These people were able to use their land and water resources in a sustainable manner for as long as 1,500 years without significant interruption," said anthropologist Vernon Scarborough.

"For four months out of every year in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, the skies dried up and no rain fell."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Junior Chubb on 18 July, 2012, 10:33
Not very well from what I recall... Maybe I was mislead by national curriculum history (or my rapidly failing memory), again!! Great article, thanks for posting.
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 18 July, 2012, 11:21
Nice find.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Super-Fly on 18 July, 2012, 14:17
Tidy, Thanks,
Comment icon #4 Posted by jgorman628 on 18 July, 2012, 14:18
I am always impressed by the ways the ancients survived harsh times without modern technology. It is commonsense to store water for droughts but how to do it is a whole different problem. One which the Mayans solved using basic tools and technology. Nice find!
Comment icon #5 Posted by mitosblog on 18 July, 2012, 19:15
Back in ancient Mexico archaeologists have discovered cenotes and underwater caves of the Mayans http://dailyblendcoffee.blogspot.com/2011/12/cenotes-and-underwater-caves-of-yucatan.html
Comment icon #6 Posted by csspwns on 19 July, 2012, 1:09
they could also have tried drinking from toilets or aquaducts
Comment icon #7 Posted by puckmomma on 19 July, 2012, 6:42
I thought thats why the Mayan "sacrified" it's own peoples, to ask the rain gods for water. I guess their aquaducts weren't enough to sustain them. They had to resort to "human sacrifices". And at the looks of it, alot of them.
Comment icon #8 Posted by samspade on 19 July, 2012, 13:38
if they would of listen to the wine gods and stocked up the wine for the dry season, the population would of soar even more with all the good times
Comment icon #9 Posted by jules99 on 20 July, 2012, 22:16
"Recent excavations, sediment coring and mapping by a multi-university team led by the University of Cincinnati at the pre-Columbian city of Tikal, a paramount urban center of the ancient Maya, have identified new landscaping and engineering feats, including the largest ancient dam built by the Maya of Central America." http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120716191443.htm
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Mule on 21 July, 2012, 18:47
I was just going to post about the dam they found http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/07/2012/largest-ancient-dam-built-by-maya-in-central-america


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