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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