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Lowland Maya radiocarbon dates and the classic Maya collapse

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Three processes of the Late Classic Maya collapse, the demise of the stela cult, the breakdown of elite culture, and the reduction of the commoner population, are compared by frequency-distribution bar-graphs of dated monuments in the Southern Lowlands and radiocarbon dates from elite and commoner contexts. The demise of the stela cult and the breakdown of elite culture seem to have coincided. The commoner radiocarbon bar-graph does not necessarily indicate the occurrence of a major demographic catastrophe.

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