Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
This is Honduras
NOVA Online: Search for the Lost Cave People
Order and Early Societies
Learn about the Dresden Codex and its origin. Lintel 25 of Yaxchilán Structure 23
Explore how sculptural door lintels were used to create elaborate decorations on the buildings in Yaxchilán. El Castillo (The Castle)
View the great stepped pyramid that dominates the remains of the ancient Maya city Chichén Itzá. Invitation to World Literature
This multimedia resource invites viewers to appreciate and, most importantly, read these ancient and modern works. History and Memory
Learn about the changing views of the Mayas.
When strong states within a society fall, the impact on society as a whole is great. The population of these states drops and density decreases dramatically. Society as a whole tends to become less politically centralized, and state sponsored support of elements such as architecture, art, and literature declines. Trade and other economic activities are greatly diminished, and the flow of information among people slows. The ruling elites may change, but usually the working classes tend to remain and provide continuity (though in some cases, virtually no one remains).
Is it possible to prevent a collapse?
Sociologist Melvin H. Tumin and anthropologist John W. Bennett have highlighted "prerequisites for survival," needs that must be met in order for a society to continue:
This last prerequisite is more important than it may seem. No societal activity is possible unless people are motivated to participate. Why do we get up in the morning? How do we see ourselves in relation to other members of society? Why do we follow a society's rules? Without a sense of meaning and motivation, people will become apathetic. If this happens, a society may be threatened with decline.