Oldest & Largest Mayan Structure Discovered in Mexico

In Mexico's Tabasco state is the ancient Maya Aquada Fenix site. Using aerial remote-sensing, also known as LIDAR, University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata and his team, discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization here - a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC. The structure measures... Continue Reading →

The Mayan Pet Trade Was Thriving 2,400 Years Ago

The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a paper yesterday on the results animal remains from a Mayan site Seibal in Guatemala. The dog and cat bones are dated to the Middle Preclassic period (700-350 B.C.). This is centuries older than prior known Mayan pet keeping. Just how do we know these... Continue Reading →

Maya “Megalopolis” Found After LiDAR Scanning the Guatemalan Jungle

After mapping over 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) in northern Peten, Guatemala more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other undiscovered hidden features have been identified using LiDAR technology. LiDAR allows one to remove the canopy from images to identify underlying structures. These discoveries were lead by Thomas Garrison, an Ithaca College archaeologist, as... Continue Reading →

Last Friday, Ivan Sprajc led a group of researchers to a site in Campeche, a province in the western Yucatán peninsula, that he initially identified via stereoscopic aerial photographs. He and his group found the ruins of an enormous 54 acre (22 hectares) city, full of artifacts. The city is named Chactún. Chactún was occupied during the Late... Continue Reading →

There’s Always Next Year…

Thanks to the Maya Long Count calendar, the year 2012 has become something of a pop culture phenomenon.  You’ve probably seen plenty of TV, movie, and internet references to the upcoming “end of the world” on December 21st or December 23rd (it depends).  It’s a real bummer because the hope of “next year” is the... Continue Reading →

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