Nine “frozen in time” Mayan palaces could shed light on civilization collapse

Published on September 22nd, 2009 | by Admin

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Nine palaces at the ancient city of Kiuic may shed some light on why the ancient Mayans abandoned their city 1,000 years ago.

When the team started exploring the hilltop palaces, five vaulted homes to the south of the hilltop plaza and four to the north, the archaeologists found tools, stone knives and axes, corn-grinder stones called metates (muh-TAH-taze) and pots still sitting in place. “It was completely unexpected,” Bey says. “It looks like they just turned the metates on their sides and left things waiting for them to come back.”

“Their finds look very interesting and promising,” says archaeologist Takeshi Inomata of the University of Arizona, who is not part of the project. “If it indeed represents rapid abandonment, it provides important implications about the social circumstance at that time and promises detailed data on the way people lived.”

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One Response to Nine “frozen in time” Mayan palaces could shed light on civilization collapse

  1. That is so very exciting…they were such a fascinating civilization, and obviously very culturally developed. It would be wonderful to know more about them.

    Thanks for your great stories. I love your website.

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