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Ancient Mayan Superhighways [Causeways] Found in the Guatemala Jungle
seeker.com ^ | 01/27/2017

Posted on 01/31/2017 8:22:41 AM PST by BenLurkin

Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways were identified in the Mirador Basin, which lies in the far northern Petén region of Guatemala, within the largest tract of virgin tropical forest remaining in Central America.

Also known as the Kan Kingdom, El Mirador is considered the cradle of Mayan civilization. Prior to its abandonment in 150 A.D., it was the largest city-state in the world both in size — 833 square miles — and population. It boasted the largest known pyramid in Central America, and was home to at least one million people.

Researchers have known about the presence of these roads since 1967, when British Mayanist Ian Graham published a map of Mirador showing causeways crossing the swamp regions. Now laser-based remote sensing has been used to map the area, providing new insights into the massive system of superhighways.

The Light Detection and Ranging tool, known as LiDAR, is capable of penetrating the thick jungle vegetation at a rate of 560,000 dots per second, producing detailed images that mimic a 3-D view of the scanned areas.

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"These causeways are 130 feet wide, up to 20 feet high and in some cases they extend as far as 25 miles," Hansen said.

The first building of the causeway between Mirador and Tindall and Mirador and Nakbe dates to 600 and 400 B.C., while other causeways date from 300 BC to 100 A.D.

(Excerpt) Read more at seeker.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; guatemala; kankingdom; maya; mayan; mayans; mayas; miradorbasin; petenregion
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1 posted on 01/31/2017 8:22:41 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Truckers ping!


2 posted on 01/31/2017 8:25:17 AM PST by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY!)
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To: BenLurkin

They were also into cannibalism. Highly advanced alright.


3 posted on 01/31/2017 8:26:41 AM PST by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah, but did that have a Tourist Information Center with Wifi?
Auto flush toilets?
The weather channel?
I didn’t think so.


4 posted on 01/31/2017 8:30:38 AM PST by Leep (Stronger without her!)
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To: BenLurkin

5 posted on 01/31/2017 8:33:25 AM PST by Proyecto Anonimo
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To: onedoug

And human sacrifice and compare their building bloc architecture.

These pronouncements are ALWAYS political


6 posted on 01/31/2017 8:36:03 AM PST by wardaddy (trump is a great tourniquet but that's all folks.......)
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To: Leep

Vending machines? Free coffee?


7 posted on 01/31/2017 8:47:29 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: BenLurkin

I think this is fascinating. Thanks.


8 posted on 01/31/2017 8:48:00 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: NEMDF

Hey, look, an ancient Mayan weigh station!


9 posted on 01/31/2017 8:57:55 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: onedoug

I suspect they have sacrificed far less people than we have, 58 million and counting...


10 posted on 01/31/2017 9:06:21 AM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: BenLurkin
"They found the superhighways."
11 posted on 01/31/2017 9:06:27 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Litter control by the local VFW.


12 posted on 01/31/2017 9:09:45 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: wardaddy

Oh, I don’t know. People like to think of northern Europe as being civilized but 2,000 ago they did occasional human sacrifices. And the most permanent structures they were able to cobble together were an occasional henge.


13 posted on 01/31/2017 9:17:00 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: onedoug

Salt and pepper fixed their illegal immigrant problem.


14 posted on 01/31/2017 9:21:19 AM PST by bgill (From the CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola")
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To: wardaddy

With rare exceptions most peoples around the world practiced human sacrifice at some point.

The biggest ceremonial achievement of Jesus was to cause the practice of human sacrifice to end everywhere.


15 posted on 01/31/2017 9:23:43 AM PST by ckilmer (q e)
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To: ckilmer; Pelham

Please don’t put Jesus and cultural relativism in the same post

You probably don’t realize but your attempt to equate us with them mixed with Christian betterment of culture demonstrates how weak we are culturally

Newsflash for you respectfully submitted

We are better than the Mayans

They were superstitious savage Maniacs who built stacked blocks to worship elemental Gods and butcher their own people upon

Whoop tee do

No written phonetic language

No wheel

And so forth

To compare that with Egypt or Athens or Rome is absurd. And wishful thinking fomented by those who ...like I said earlier...want to diminish western culture as nothing more than a long history of social injustice

Now if you wish to compare the Mayan to say other Indian tribes that really went nowhere or to Bantu culture

Then have at it


16 posted on 01/31/2017 9:36:17 AM PST by wardaddy (trump is a great tourniquet but that's all folks.......)
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To: BenLurkin

Two thousand years ago was 17 AD. By that time the Roman Empire controlled all of present day France, Belgium, and parts of today’s Germany and England. There were more than primitive stone structures and stone age mud huts by then.


17 posted on 01/31/2017 9:36:24 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Still closed like most of the ones I see.


18 posted on 01/31/2017 9:37:51 AM PST by wally_bert (I didn't get where I am today by selling ice cream tasting of bookends, pumice stone & West Germany)
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To: BenLurkin

Your article is about 1000 years ago not 2000 and nor am I aware of human sacrifice if Gaul on the level of the Mayans or Aztecs

Western civilization is not just Northern Europe

They were the laggards as you already know

The Med fostered civilization thousands of years prior to this so called civilization in Guatemala etc

I’ve been to Tikal

It ain’t Rome or Athens


19 posted on 01/31/2017 9:41:40 AM PST by wardaddy (trump is a great tourniquet but that's all folks.......)
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To: BenLurkin

I guess they couldn’t keep up w/their own mileage standards and their civilization fell.

If the left outlawed fossil fuels today, I’d guess 99% of the population would die off within a month.


20 posted on 01/31/2017 9:43:35 AM PST by fruser1
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