Researchers are working on new theories on the Mayans’ disappearance, suggesting that the Blue Hole of Belize could hold the key in revealing the mystery behind the demise of the 3,000-year-old Mayan civilization.
The Mayan civilization began around 2000 BC and continued until the year 800 to 900 A.D. Many believe the Mayans were one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth, boasting of sophisticate architecture like pyramids, agriculture, mathematics, astronomy and hieroglyphic writing.
Scientists believe the Mayan civilization had approximately 19 million people and was hugely influential for the other nations around it. But the Mayan culture disappeared without any known reason. There are many speculations and theories that try to explain the Mayans’ demise, theories that involve natural disasters or alien invasions, but none of these theories have come up with satisfying conclusive evidence that sustains the mysterious disappearance of the Mayan civilization.
New Theory on Mayan Disappearance
Now, scientists have found a new theory on Mayan disappearance that could explain how one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth could have disappeared without a trace. Researchers believe the Blue Hole in Belize could provide important clues and could explain what happened to the Mayans and the mysterious disappearance of the Mayan civilization.
The scientists extracted minerals from the Blue Hole of Belize (1000 feet wide and 400 feet deep) and from the nearby lagoons. They took the minerals to the laboratory for extensive studies and analyzed the ratio of titanium to aluminum in order to establish an approximate time period when there was less rain and there was a terrible drought.
When, How and Why Did the Mayans Disappear
After analyzing the minerals to find out when, how and why did the Mayans disappear, the researchers concluded that because of a climate glitch, powerful monsoons may have skipped the Yucatan Peninsula during these periods of drought, which led to a natural catastrophe in all the surrounding areas. Researchers believe this moment in time coincided with the demise of the Mayan civilization.
The scientists believe that eventually it started to rain again but by that time the Mayan people had started moving north to a friendlier climate. But they eventually disappeared completely during another drought season.
One of the researchers involved in the study, Andre Droxler, said that when there is major drought season, there are famines and social unrest. Droxler said that this was probably the reason behind the disappearance of the Mayan civilization.
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