16 Jul '12, 7pm

A Mayan Water System With Lessons for Today

A Mayan Water System With Lessons for Today

National Geographic Society A rendering of the ancient Tikal settlement and its water collection and diversion system. A little over 2,000 years ago, many of the Maya were on the move. They abandoned the eroded and deforested low-lying land on the Yucatan peninsula – probably because of a bad drought – and headed to hillier elevations in what is now modern-day central Guatemala, according to Vernon L. Scarborough , an anthropologist at the University of Cincinnati. There they began to build Tikal, one of the largest and most successful Mayan settlements. University of Cincinnati The Temple of the Great Jaguar at Tikal. A settlement, though, needs resources. When the Maya moved, they needed to devise a complex water collection and usage system that would sustain Tikal for nearly a millennium. This system is described by Dr. Scarborough and his colleagues in a new paper publ...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/a-mayan-water-s...

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