Were The Mayans Climate Scientists?

Impossible.  Not with the iconic images we currently hold of this long vanished civilisation.  Images of ancient crumbling stone cities with their massive step pyramids; brutal human sacrifices made to strange feathered dragon gods;  and men peering at the night sky from their observatory, making detailed (and impeccible) records of the movements of the constellations.  But while these give colour and life to a world long gone, none of these visuals are needed.  Simply mention the words Mayan Civilisation to anyone and without a moment's hesitation most will think of a particularly complex calendar that happens to have an inconvenient end date in the not too distant future.  

But climate scientists?  Not a chance.
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