Researchers have now linked climate change to population decline and civil unrest in Mayan civilization. The study looked at the period of population decline in the civilization between 1441 and 1461 CE and determined how it was impacted by the climate.
The study found that the 20 years of civil turmoil in the Mayan city of Mayapan was heightened by climate change. The peer-reviewed study published in the journal Nature Communications looked at the period of population decline and found that civil unrest increased during periods of drought.
Researchers looked at archeological, historical, and paleoclimate data, including isotope records, radiocarbon data, and DNA that has been recovered from human remains over the years. They then compared these with climate data with drought records from local cave deposits.
“Existing factional tensions that developed between rival groups were a key societal vulnerability in the context of extended droughts during this interval,” said one of the authors of the study, Professor Douglas Kennett.
“Pain, suffering and death resulted from institutional instabilities at Mayapan and the population fragmented and moved back to their homelands elsewhere in the region.”
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They found that some of the things that contributed to the instability of the Mayan civilization were that they were heavily reliant on corn, did not have great irrigation systems, didn’t have long-term grain storage, and the presence of sociopolitical corruption.
“Our study demonstrates that the convergence of information from multiple scientific disciplines helps us explore big and highly relevant questions like the potential impact of climate change on society and other questions with enormous social implications,” said Kennett.
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