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  • Lost Mayan City Discovered Under Guatemala Jungle

    02/06/2018 9:53:26 PM PST · by blueplum · 30 replies
    Time via AP via Yahoonews ^ | 03 Feb 2018 | staff
    (GUATEMALA CITY) — Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday by an alliance of U.S., European and Guatemalan archaeologists working with Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation. The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have....
  • Maya Rituals Caused Ancient Decline in Big Game

    11/20/2007 7:20:23 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 53+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | November 15, 2007 | Kelly Hearn
    Maya rulers' growing demand for animals of symbolic value may have caused a decline in big game, like jaguars, in ancient Latin America, a new study suggests. Faced with environmental problems and doubts about their ability to provide for their followers, the Maya elite may have ordered more hunting of large mammals whose meat, skins, and teeth provided proof of power and status, the study says. Kitty Emery, an archaeologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History, has studied 80,000 animal bones found in 25 Maya trash mounds to map the effects of ancient hunting on animal populations over 4,000...
  • Vanished, Under Force of Time and an Inconstant Earth

    09/06/2005 11:55:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies · 749+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 6, 2005 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    Nothing lasts forever. Just ask Ozymandias, or Nate Fisher. Only the wind inhabits the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado, birds and vines the pyramids of the Maya. Sand and silence have swallowed the clamors of frankincense traders and camels in the old desert center of Ubar. Troy was buried for centuries before it was uncovered. Parts of the Great Library of Alexandria, center of learning in the ancient world, might be sleeping with the fishes, off Egypt's coast in the Mediterranean. "Cities rise and fall depending on what made them go in the first place," said Peirce Lewis,...