Thursday, January 26, 2012


Cave stalagmite evidence.
Mapping drought maps of the Mayan Empire.
cracked clay soil, during dry season droughts

by Ray Auxillou, Jan, 26th., 2012

WEATHER CYCLES GOVERNED MUCH OF THE MAYAN EMPIRE. The recent find of pottery, about 11 feet down on main street in San Ignacio Town, while digging a sewer line, equates also with pottery shards found while digging septic tank in Hillview, Santa Elena town.

The pottery has been covered by mud. Red clay in fact. Which implies there was heavy rainfall sometime in the past. A rough estimate follows:

The pottery has been estimated to be from Maya houses around 2600 years ago. So at that time, we presume there was more than extra rainfall in our area of Western Belize and we had mudslides.

If you do the research you can find some interesting dates, for rainfall increases and drought periods. Big droughts in our area, started in 760 a.d., 810 a.d., 860 a.d., and 910 a.d. These droughts are thought to be the reason for the collapse of the Mayan Empire.

The last glacial period ended around 8000 years ago and between 8000 to 11,000 years ago, geology shows that we had a constantly rising rainfall that tapered off about 8000 years ago. Since then rainfall has tapered off. Sea levels measured by coral reefs in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands of ancient times indicate that the sea rose about 20 feet higher than it is today.

We had a period of a rainfall peak in our area about 1200 to 1500 years ago. This would be the CLASSIC MAYAN era. Much of this rainfall was very high, back up to 2300 years ago, which confirms the dating on the recent Mayan pottery find, or about 2600 years ago, ( pre-classic Maya ) and mud slides in San Ignacio town, archeological excavations, which covered the house sites,with this pottery, newly found. Depth below 11 feet mostly of digging below the current surface of the towns around here.

If you go back to the last inter-glacial period, the sea level 120,000 years ago was anywhere from 20 to 30 feet higher than today. Sea levels have been rising since the end of the last glacial period around 11,000 years ago, and stopped rising, or rose more slowly about 8000 years ago.

In the Northern hemisphere, they have had some mini-ice ages, well documented. These cold periods peaked about the 1500´s and ran for 300 years until the 1800´s our calendar.

In different parts of the world, the small glaciation cycles in recent human history, have been found to be irregular on a regional basis, indicating conformity to local weather patterns.

It is accepted now, that DROUGHT periods were the cause of the end of the MAYAN EMPIRE.

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