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It must have been a time of great hardship and struggle for the ancient Maya civilization. The land was parched and dry as the devastating effects of climate change on brought a great drought. New research has shown that, despite attempts to adapt to the changes, Mayan culture finally collapsed between 800 and 950 A.D.
Archaeologists have uncovered a "dark period" in Maya history while tunneling beneath the main temple of El Peru-Waka', an ancient Maya city in northern Guatemala, according to cultural officials in that country.
A new study led by the University of Arizona suggests the origins of the Mayan civilization are more complex than previously thought, challenging the two prevailing theories.
In collaboration with the National University of Mexico, a team of Spanish researchers has analyzed for the first time remains of cosmetics in the graves of prehispanic civilizations on the American continent.
Archaeologists in Mexico have determined the ancient Mayas observed equinoxes and solstices using the watchtower-like structures built atop the ceremonial ball court at the temples of Chichen Itza.
By celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner, the Maya of Belize are continuing a tradition that goes back for centuries before the birth of Christ, and this will be reflected on the menu
Turkeys were domesticated more than 1,000 years earlier than previously believed, says a new study from the University of Florida, published online in PLoS ONE this week.
Archeologists working at a site in Mexico said they have found an unprecedented burial site where a young woman’s remains are surrounded by stacks of over 1,700 bones.
A team of archaeologists has uncovered a temple near part of the Maya archaeological site at El Zotz, Guatemala. The structure was likely built after the tomb to honor the leader buried there.
Image Caption: Dendrolagus lumholtzi. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) can be found in the Atherton Tableland Region in Queensland. It prefers a habitat within secondary rainforests, but can be found on the edges of eucalypt forests. Its scientific and common names were given in honor of Carl Sofus Lumholtz, a Norwegian explorer. Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo can reach an average body length between 1.5 and 2.1 feet with tail length of up to 2.4...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.