Terrific piece summarizing new research on Teotihuacan's conquest (or was it?) of Maya Tikal on 16 January 378AD, one of the most important days in ancient American history
Did Teotihuacan conquer Tikal, in an invasion that reshaped Classic Maya politics and culture and then was forgotten for 1000 years? Or are archaeologists falling for ancient propaganda?
Archaeologists have spent decades puzzling out the relationship between Teotihuacan and the Maya, two of ancient Mesoamerica's grandest cultures. And I spent months puzzling out the debate they're having about it.
New article in Science on our rekindled debates surrounding Teo-Maya history and archaeology. Thanks to for the excellent & balanced overview.
Fascinating look into how Mayan and Teotihuacan cultures interacted >2kya. From Mayan expats living peaceably among the Teotihuacans, to the possibility of a violent takeover of Tikal—narratives of long dead people are constructed with historical science.
‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight | Science | AAAS
Did Teotihuacan conquer Tikal, in an invasion that reshaped Classic Maya politics and culture and then was forgotten for 1000 years? Or are archaeologists falling for ancient propaganda?