Published: August 2007
Maya: Rise & Fall - Learn More
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Gill, Richardson Benedict. The Great Maya Droughts. University of New Mexico Press, 2000.

Houston, Stephen, David Stuart, and Karl Taube. The Memory of Bones: Body, Being and Experience Among the Classic Maya. University of Texas Press, 2006.

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NGS Resources

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Inomata, Takeshi. "Aguateca: New Revelations of the Maya Elite." National Geographic (May 2003), 110-19.

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Stuart, George E. "Yucatán's Mysterious Hill Cities." National Geographic (April 2002), 54-69.

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