Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

January 4, 2015 7:23 PM

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Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan civilization, according to new research.

Scientists from Rice University and Louisiana State University found evidence in Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a 400ft-deep cave in a barrier reef, that supports the theory that drought and climate conditions pushed the Mayans from a regional power to a smattering of rival survivors and finally a virtua...

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