chapter  Chapter Forty
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Collapse, transformation, reorganization

The Terminal Classic transition in the Maya world
WithJason Yaeger

A Maya civilization underwent a profound transformation between the late 8th and the early 11th centuries AD, a span of time generally called the Terminal Classic period. Major episodes of transformation entail changes in multiple aspects of society: the Dust Bowl, for example, entailed the collapse of the agricultural economy of the Midwest in the face of a multi-year drought. Major episodes of transformation entail changes in multiple aspects of society: the Dust Bowl, for example, entailed the collapse of the agricultural economy of the Midwest in the face of a multi-year drought. The economic transformations of the collapse, while significant, were as radical. Classic period economies in the Lowlands were complex, with marketplaces for the exchange of a variety of local and imported goods. The Classic collapse is one of the most enduring topics of inquiry regarding Maya civilization.