from RediceCreations Website
Hundreds of years ago in what is now modern Honduras, Copán was a thriving civilization, a center of the cultural life of the Maya.
Tens of thousands of people made their home in the Copán Valley. Yet
despite its importance, Copán went into decline. Across the vast
territory of the ancient Maya, other important sites were sharing a
similar fate. Classic Maya civilization was collapsing.
Others have been rapid, occurring over the course of a few years:
...any of these or a combination of these events can bring about the collapse of a civilization.
Internal causes (such as political struggles or overfarming) can combine with external causes (such as war or natural disaster) to bring about a collapse.
Join us as we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizations. You’ll learn what happens when a society collapses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence. You can visit the Maya city of Copán and search for clues to its collapse.
You can also try your hand at "garbage-ology" and study what trash can tell us about a society.
November 6, 2010