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Central Mexicans from Teotihuacan marched into the Maya lowlands in the Early Classic period. Strong evidence to this effect has been presented by hieroglyphics expert David Stuart of Harvard University. The repercussions of this direct intervention in Maya politics were serious indeed for the dynasty of Tikal.

Dr. Stuart's article, "'The Arrival of Strangers': Teotihuacan and Tollan in Classic Maya History", is published in Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: From Teotihuacan to the Aztecs, edited by Davíd Carrasco, Lindsay Jones and Scott Sessions, from the University of Colorado. An excerpt from the PARI Newsletter is available online.