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The Maya Empire
What happened to the Maya Empire?
By around 900 CE, after more than 1000 years of living and building, the Maya cities were mostly deserted. Some people remained, and their descendants still live in Central America today. But without enough people to take care of them, the great Maya cities fell into ruin. Scientists have guessed that perhaps war, famine, or disease swept through the Maya cities, killing nearly everyone. But no one knows for sure. It is a history mystery. That's why the Maya are called "the mysterious Maya". The Mysterious Mayas