Skip to comments.Divers probe Mayan ruins submerged in Guatemala lake
Posted on 10/31/2009 1:11:54 PM PDT by decimon
GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) Scuba divers are exploring the depths of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to find clues about an ancient sacred island where Mayan pilgrims flocked to worship before it was submerged by rising waters.
Samabaj, the first underwater archaeological ruins excavated in Guatemala, were discovered accidentally 12 years ago by a diver exploring picturesque Lake Atitlan, ringed by Mayan villages and popular with foreign tourists.
"No one believed me, even when I told them all about it. They just said 'he's mad'," said Roberto Samayoa, a businessman and recreational diver who grew up near the lake where his grandmother told him legends of a sunken church.
Samayoa dived for years at the lake, often stumbling across pieces of pottery from the Mayan pre-classic period. In 1996, he found the site, with parts of buildings and huge ceremonial stones, known as stelae, clearly visible.
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Up and down ping.
Very cool. I was hoping for some pictures.
Global warming caused it and it’s Bush’s fault!
Is this another 2012 stunt?
Love these posts, thanks!
Well, duh, of course the account is inactive after all these centuries.
Just noticing that your tag line is appropriate to the thread.
I'll drag out the scuba gear and fire up the DC-3. ;-)
If you would....
“I coulda been a contessa.”
Sometimes a bad pun is some good humor.
That’s a helluva place for a sacred site..
Baptisms would be a snap.
Thanks decimon. Sunken civilization...
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