James W. Wood's research while affiliated with Pennsylvania State University and other places

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Increasing evidence supports the role of climate change in the disintegration of regional polities in the Maya lowlands at the end of the Classic Period (750–1000 CE). However, the demographic effects of drought remain largely unknown in the absence of Classic Period textual evidence indicating declines in agricultural productivity and population o...


... Terrible, historic droughts and locust infestations at the end of the eighteenth century (ca. 1765-1774) resulted in soaring maize prices and further pushed people to take up jobs at newly established and enlarged haciendas in exchange for food rations (Espinosa Córtes, Rueda Arroniz, and Andrade García, 1987;Hoggarth et al., 2017;Peniche Moreno, 2009). ...