Tikal: Paleoecology of an Ancient Maya City by Dr David L. Lentz, Dr Nicholas P. Dunning, Dr Vernon L.

By Dr David L. Lentz, Dr Nicholas P. Dunning, Dr Vernon L. Scarborough

The first theoretical query addressed during this publication makes a speciality of the lingering obstacle of ways the traditional Maya within the northern Petén Basin have been capable of maintain huge populations in the course of a tropical woodland atmosphere throughout the past due vintage interval. This publication asks how agricultural intensification was once completed and the way crucial assets, corresponding to water and wooded area items, have been controlled in either upland components and seasonal wetlands, or bajos. All of those actions have been crucial elements of an at the beginning sustainable land use process that at last didn't meet the calls for of an escalating inhabitants. This spiraling disconnect with sound ecological rules certainly contributed to the Maya cave in. The book's findings supply insights that expand the certainty of the increase of social complexity - the growth of the political financial system, particularly - and, ordinarily phrases, the trajectory of cultural evolution of the traditional Maya civilization.

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3. Map showing the situation of Tikal in a landscape of uplands and bajos. Large square represents the boundaries of Tikal National Park. The small square is the limit of the University of Pennsylvania site map. 4. Map of central Tikal showing the location of Perdido Pocket Bajo and Arroyo Corriental Bajo. Today, most of the bajos in the region are seasonal swamps, characterized by periods of standing water during parts of the rainy season and edaphic desiccation during the dry season. Hence, the swamp forest that occupies much of the land surface within the regional bajo system is composed of woody and herbaceous species that are adapted to severe soil moisture differences.

I suspect had Tikaleños done the terracing that was so prevalent at Chan and Caracol, the Late Classic decline might have been slowed, but not stopped. What is ironic is that humanistic achievement at Tikal reached its apex during this time of stress and failure of the adaptive infrastructure, as judged by the architecture, sculpture, and other fine arts. The same disjuncture occurred at Tikal’s sister city, Copán, at about the same time, with the same consequences. This book is an essential resource for Mayanists interested in the great trajectory of one of the world’s civilizations.

His research interests include palynology, opal phytolith analysis, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, and ancient agriculture. Palma J. Buttles is Manager and Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Research Fellow at the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin. A recent paper is “People Capability Maturity: Contributing to Organizational Success,” Joburg Centre for Software Engineering Annual Report (2009), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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