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Were The Ancient Maya An Agricultural Cautionary Tale? Maybe Not, New Study Suggests

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"There's a narrative that depicts the Maya as people who engaged in unchecked agricultural development," said Andrew Scherer, an associate professor of anthropology at Brown University. "The narrative goes: The population grew too large, the agriculture scaled up, and then everything fell apart." But a new study, authored by Scherer, students at Brown and scholars at other institutions, suggests that that narrative doesn't tell the full story.