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Exploring the origins of the Maya

By T.K. Randall
April 28, 2013 · Comment icon 6 comments



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The Maya civilization flourished in Central America for over 600 years, but how exactly did it begin ?
[!gad]With their vast city states, technological feats and timeless monuments, the Maya have been a topic of intense archaeological research for years. Archaeologists have long puzzled over exactly how the Maya came about, did their society spring from Mexico's Olmec civilization or did it emerge independently ?

Research in to a ceremonial structure buried in Guatemala has revealed a possible third option - that the Maya actually grew thanks to an amalgamation of influences from nearby settlements. Its beginnings took place during a 200 to 350 year 'power vacuum' during a time of Olmec rule which allowed people from different areas to interact with one another and begin forming a new culture.

"The origin of Maya civilization was more complex than previously thought," said archaeologist Takeshi Inomata who lead the study.
In his view, the culture that went on to dominate Mesoamerica until the arrival of Europeans got its start during a power vacuum that lasted for about 200 to 350 years in a period of Olmec rule.


Source: LA Times | Comments (6)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Frank Merton 10 years ago
My understanding is that they were there a couple thousand years and are in fact there today still speaking the language although they had abandoned the major population centers a few hundred years before the Spaniards arrived. The article questions which came first, the Olmecs or the Maya. This would be kinda like asking which came first, the Upper Egyptians or the Lower Egyptians.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Rolci 10 years ago
And apparently Edward Leedskalnin knew how they built their structures. Check "Ed Leedskalnin - Secrets of Coral Castle" on youtube. If he could do it on his own then surely a whole civilization wouldn't struggle - except if it happens to inhabit the planet in an elite-powered technology-suppressed money-based 21st century.
Comment icon #3 Posted by The_Spartan 10 years ago
And how do you know that Edward Leedskalnin "Knew" how the Mayans Built their structures? Is the evidence a Youtube video? Did he go to South America and study their construction methods? He has been in just 2 countries - Latvia and United States of America. Leedskalnin had some weird theories about magnetism. Did the Mayans use the same "Magnetism" to construct their structures?? Are there any records of such use of Magnetism?? Unless, there is, all those videos can be categorized as Fantasy or Science Fiction!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Frank Merton 10 years ago
It's kinda hard to magnetize rocks.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Rolci 10 years ago
And apparently Edward Leedskalnin knew how they built their structures. Check "Ed Leedskalnin - Secrets of Coral Castle" on youtube. If he could do it on his own then surely a whole civilization wouldn't struggle - except if it happens to inhabit the planet in an elite-powered technology-suppressed money-based 21st century. And how do you know that Edward Leedskalnin "Knew" how the Mayans Built their structures? Is the evidence a Youtube video? Did he go to South America and study their construction methods? He has been in just 2 countries - Latvia and United States of America. Leedskalnin had... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 10 years ago
it could be that sounds more than possible and cool.but the question is it the answer or one of the answer though?either way its still good to know.hopw they find the answers real soon and let everybody know the real truth or many truths and not cover it up or fabricate the story that would be just disappointing.


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