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What Happened to Tikal?. The Disappearance of the Maya?. Background Info. Mayan civilization was at its strongest from 200-900 AD For 700 years the Maya lived in over 40 cities around the Yucatan Peninsula Our job is to try to find out why many Mayan cities were empty after 900 AD.

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what happened to tikal

What Happened to Tikal?

The Disappearance of the Maya?

background info
Background Info
  • Mayan civilization was at its strongest from 200-900 AD
  • For 700 years the Maya lived in over 40 cities around the Yucatan Peninsula
  • Our job is to try to find out why many Mayan cities were empty after 900 AD
slash and burn agriculture
Slash and Burn Agriculture
  • The Mayans were farmers who had to grow crops in the middle of the jungle.
  • To make space for crops, the Maya slashed and burned trees and plants.
  • Slash and Burn farming is how they adapted to their environment.
one theory on the disappearance of the maya
One Theory on the Disappearance of the Maya
  • Slash and Burn farming helps explain the collapse of Mayan civilization
  • Slash and Burn farming works, but eventually it ruins the soil.
  • The Maya might have run out of good soil and had to move away to find better farming.
now its time to use your notes
NOW ITS TIME TO USE YOUR NOTES!

1. Start a circle map. In the center for the topic write, “Disappearance of the Maya.”

2. Inside the circle, write one possible reason for the collapse of Mayan Civilization in 900 AD.

3. Keep your circles in front of you, we’re going to hear more theories!

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