The maya CUlture began around 1800 B.C. They never were an unified impire. They were a series of city-states independent one another politically, but linked by cultural similarities such lenguage, religion and trade.
In 800 A.D. the maya empirement consisted of a number of powerfull city-states spreading from southerm Mexico to northern Honduras.
Yet a hundred years later, the cities were in ruins, abandoned and left to the jungle to reclaim. What happened to the Maya?