By Payson D. Sheets
Scientists have lengthy speculated at the effect of maximum usual catastrophes on human societies. Archeology and Volcanism in significant the US offers dramatic facts of the results of a number of volcanic mess ups on a big civilization of the Western Hemisphere, that of the Maya.
During the prior 2,000 years, 4 volcanic eruptions have taken position within the Zapotitán Valley of southern El Salvador. One, the devastating eruption of Ilopango round A.D. three hundred, compelled an enormous migration, pushing the Mayan humans north to the Yucatán Peninsula. even though later eruptions didn't have long-range implications for cultural switch, one of many next eruptions preserved the Cerén site—a Mesoamerican Pompeii the place the our bodies of the villagers, the palm-thatched roofs in their homes, the pots of nutrients of their pantries, even the corn crops of their fields have been preserved with striking fidelity.
Throughout 1978, a multidisciplinary crew of anthropologists, archeologists, geologists, biologists, and others subsidized through the college of Colorado's Protoclassic venture researched and excavated the result of volcanism within the Zapotitan Valley—a key Mesoamerican website that modern political strife has considering rendered inaccessible.
The result's an exceptional contribution to our figuring out of the impression of volcanic eruptions on early Mayan civilization. those investigations basically exhibit that the Maya inhabited this volcanically harmful valley for you to attain the momentary advantages that the volcanic ash produced—fertile soil, wonderful clays, and obsidian deposits.
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Archeology and Volcanism in Central America: The Zapotitán Valley of El Salvador (Texas Pan American Series) by Payson D. Sheets