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Warring Maya kingdoms razed enemy cities to the ground

1 month ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / This is all that remains of Naranjo, the city-state that attacked and destroyed neighboring Bahlam Jol in 697 CE as part of a campaign to subdue several former vassal states that had rebelled. (credit: By Rudy Canales - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,)
We now have a much better idea of what warfare between Maya city-states was like, and it seems to have been common even during the stable, prosperous peak of Maya civilization.
“3 Ben, 16 Kasew , Bahlam Jol burned for the second time,” proclaims a hieroglyphic inscription in the thousand-year-old Maya city of Naranjo. The inscribed stela...
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