Mayan Mystery Solved?

National Geographic: Archaeologists excavating a lost Mayan city in Guatemala may have discovered an explanation for the fall of the empire. Stephen Houston of Brigham Young University led a team of archaeologists recently to excavate the ruins of a Mayan city near Piedras Negras in Guatemala. The excavations, which tell the complete story of the life of the city, have shed new light on the mystery of the demise of the Mayan empire.

"The city came to a catastrophic end in about 800 A.D. when the last known king of the site was taken captive by a neighboring kingdom," Houston said. "Once the king and his royal court are gone, the city's reason for existence no longer seems to be there."

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