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10 Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances
io9 ^ | 7-23-2012 | Annalee Newitz

Posted on 07/24/2012 7:54:00 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot

For almost as long as we've had civilization, we've lost it. There are records going back hundreds of years of explorers discovering huge temples encrusted with jungle, or giant pits full of treasure that were once grand palaces. Why did people abandon these once-thriving cities, agricultural centers, and trade routes? Often, the answer is unknown. Here are ten great civilizations whose demise remains a mystery.

1. The Maya

The Maya are perhaps the classic example of a civilization that was completely lost, its great monuments, cities and roads swallowed up by the central American jungles, and its peoples scattered to small villages. Though the languages and traditions of the Maya still survive up to the present day, the civilization's peak was during the first millennium AD, when their greatest architectural feats and massive agricultural projects covered a vast region in the Yucatán — today, an area stretching from Mexico to Guatemala and Belize. One of the largest Mesoamerican civilizations, the Maya made extensive use of writing, math, an elaborate calendar, and sophisticated engineering to build their pyramids and terraced farms. Though it's often said that the Maya civilization began a mysterious decline in roughly the year 900, a great deal of evidence points to climate change in the Yucatán combined with internecine warfare, which resulted in famine and abandonment of the city centers.

2. Indus Valley Civilization

One of the great civilizations of the ancient world is called simply the Indus or Harappan civilization. Thousands of years ago, it may have boasted up to 5 million people, almost 10 percent of the world's population, spread over a region that encompassed parts of today's India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. ...

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I dont' know the reason for the order of these 10 lost civilizations.

Also in the comment section, there is another mention of the Hittites.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hittites

1 posted on 07/24/2012 7:54:04 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
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2 posted on 07/24/2012 8:02:54 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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Every civilization has had its versions of Democrats and Obamas, and they die.


3 posted on 07/24/2012 8:08:25 PM PDT by pallis
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Sir Napsalot.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 07/24/2012 8:11:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Thanks Sir Napsalot.
 
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5 posted on 07/24/2012 8:11:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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6 posted on 07/24/2012 8:12:24 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Sir Napsalot

My bet is in most cases, crop failure. Due to variable rainfall, variable temperatures and crop disease. Anyone involved in modern agriculture knows how much successful production depends on adapting methods.

What works for a time, simply stops working because of insect adaptation, fungus growth, competing crop appearance.

Only by constantly observing and changing to current conditions does agriculture succeed.


7 posted on 07/24/2012 8:13:02 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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Bwahaahaahaha......

Wait a sec, that means us. Not so good. :-(


8 posted on 07/24/2012 8:21:08 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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The disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilisation truly is a great mystery - so much so, even their language has barely been deciphered. Complex seals, systems of weights and measures, rectangular grid streets and city layouts, underground sewer systems, granaries and public baths for a civilisation that sprouted circa 4000 BC is a remarkable achievement.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 8:27:42 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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I’ve heard some archeologists who say that our ability to find solutions can sometimes create complex systems that fall apart because they were too complex to hold together.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 8:27:57 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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11 posted on 07/24/2012 8:29:17 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Sir Napsalot
3. Easter Island
4. Catalhöyük
5. Cahokia
 6. Göbekli Tepe
7. Angkor
8. The Turquoise Mountain
9. Niya
10. Nabta Playa

12 posted on 07/24/2012 8:29:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It is a known fact that the climate of the earth varies from era to era and small differences in average temperatures and rainfall can devastate crops and populations. They can even trace the movements of prehistoric peoples into and out of Europe as a result of those temperature changes.

Only in recent years has there been some degree of ability to adapt to major changes and even that is limited.


13 posted on 07/24/2012 8:36:24 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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14 posted on 07/24/2012 8:39:39 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: submarinerswife

Both those are not ancient. They postdate the printing press.


15 posted on 07/24/2012 8:40:10 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Literals will believe anything.)
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To: Salvation
10Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances .

11. Flint, Michigan

16 posted on 07/24/2012 8:41:34 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Jonty30

too complex?

Yep, God reminding us who is actually in charge.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 8:51:53 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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The Mayan collapse is no great mystery. Constant warfare between the city-states eventually took its toll. The treasure needed to maintain a vital civilization was pee’d into the winds of war. Even a short drought or period of intensified hurricanes (they’re periodic and devastating on that flat land that’s barely above sea-level) was probably enough to push the “tilt” button.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 9:12:35 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Salvation 10Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances . 11. Flint, Michigan

DEMOCRATS, next question

19 posted on 07/24/2012 9:16:12 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Bureaucracies stifle growth and adaptation.
They kill any civilization in time.


20 posted on 07/24/2012 9:35:40 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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