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How Many Mayans Were There?

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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.

http://www.livescience.com/37773-ancient-maya-farms-population.html

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ancient astronaut

I am gonna say more than 1.

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kannin

I am gonna say more than 1.

Lol

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seaturtlehorsesnake

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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moonshadow60

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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ash68

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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John Weiss

1,831,396

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coolguy

Iam going to say 1 million people there

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Frank Merton

144,000

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seaturtlehorsesnake

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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Big Bad Voodoo

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

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Big Bad Voodoo

144,000

You dont think they were all saints?

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moonshadow60

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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kannin

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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ash68

Alot

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kannin

Alot

serious comments please thanx!

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lightly

Good Question kannin. according to these two websites:

http://www.britannic...cle-9051572 "The peak Mayan population may have reached two million people"

http://www.history.c......opics/maya " At its peak, the Maya population may have reached 2,000,000. people"

.. Other sources/sites said 14 million , 20 million, and 22 million. ^ 2 million seems low? ..just doesn't sound right at all.

so.. ashven's estimate is the closest so far :D

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kannin

Good Question kannin. according to these two websites:

http://www.britannic...cle-9051572 "The peak Mayan population may have reached two million people"

http://www.history.c......opics/maya " At its peak, the Maya population may have reached 2,000,000. people"

.. Other sources/sites said 14 million , 20 million, and 22 million. ^ 2 million seems low? ..just doesn't sound right at all.

so.. ashven's estimate is the closest so far :D

touche on your smart A** remark lol :P

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