Mayans and Environmental Destruction -Reply
EQDOMAIN.EQWQ.LROGERS at email.state.ut.us
Mon Apr 3 15:33:42 MDT 1995
Perhaps I should clarify, re: Mayans and Environ.
Any mention of the effects of environmental destruction upon the
social systems were my own. I didn't say much about that, but the
sources that I drew upon said even less. I'm not aware of any
archeo/anthropologists who have tried to lay out a scenario of how
exactly environmental destruction was translated into the "fall" of a
civilization. (I mark "fall" just because I find the term
value-laden and problematic, but I won't digress.)
I don't know how we could know for sure how the effects of environ.
degrad. worked upon social behaviors in a specific case, especially
in the absence of written records. But we could probably make some
very good general guesses, based on ethnographic analogy of sorts -
what is the effect of sky-rocketing prices of food, fuel and
materials such as wood in other societies? Or what do we expect the
effects to be, based on our experience, history and theory, etc.?
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