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Harvard Museum Lecture & Reception - Ancient Maya/Climate

Hosted by the Consul of the Boston 40 Something Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Thu 27 Feb 17:45 - 20:00

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Dear InterNationals,

I invite you to join me in attending a lecture, The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change, and reception at the Harvard Museums of Natural History. This event is free and open to the public.

Let's meet meet at 5:45 pm at the entrance. Lecture starts at 6 pm. If you miss the meet and greet, we can meet at at the exit after the lecture and then proceed the reception.

Free parking is available for this event at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Nearest T stop is Harvard Square, Red Line.

Ancient Maya civilization—known for its cities, monumental architecture, ceramics, hieroglyphic writing, and advanced understanding of mathematics and astronomy—suffered a major demise between the tenth and eleventh centuries. The causes continue to be investigated and debated. Paleoenvironmental research over the past twenty years has revealed that the demise coincided with a prolonged intensive drought that extended across the region, providing compelling evidence that climate change played a key role in the collapse of the Maya. Billie Turner will examine this evidence and the complex social and environmental conditions—including land use and landscape changes—that affected Maya societies.

Look forward to seeing you at the event.