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By Michael Ruggeri | News from the world of the Ancient Maya; Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and, Honduras

Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

<b>Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.</b><p>Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.<p>The landscape, near already-known Maya …

World's longest underwater cave discovered in Mexico: Divers reveal that two areas previously thought to be separate actually form one 216-mile-long connected maze of caverns

• <b>The 216-mile long maze of caverns was discovered off the eastern coast of Mexico in the Yucatan Peninsula</b>• <b><br>It had previously been thought that two</b> …

World's Largest Underwater Cave Discovered

Joining two previously known underwater caves, the newly discovered system is 215 miles long.<p>Last Wednesday, after ten months of work, the Underwater Exploration Group of the Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) found a connection between two of the most extensive flooded cavern systems on Earth—Sac …

Archaeology

Figurillas revelan papel de la mujer en la urbe prehispánica de Jonuta, en Tabasco

Figurillas femeninas, todas son silbatos. Representan mujeres jóvenes. Foto Cortesía INAH- Proyecto Arqueológico Jonuta. <b>*** Las representaciones</b> …

2,500 year old burials unearthed in Quelepa, El Salvador

9/03/2017 08:00:00 PM<p>Earlier this week, archaeologists in El Salvador unearthed the remains of skeletons dating back 2,500 years. The well-preserved …

Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka' in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered …

Mayan child sacrifices buried with 'supernatural' obsidian

Mayan child sacrifices in Guatemala were buried with 'supernatural' jet black volcanic stones 4,000 years ago<p><b>Scientists found obsidian while</b> …

Treasure trove of jade stones used in Mayan rituals discovered in Guatemala

Polished greenstone objects made of jade and serpentine were discovered in Ceibal, Guatemala, dating from about 1000 to 450 BCE. The artefacts are …

A pendant fit for a Mayan king

2/24/2017 06:00:00 PM<p>To say that UC San Diego archaeologist Geoffrey Braswell was surprised to discover a precious jewel in Nim Li Punit in southern …

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

The network of roads dates as far back as 600 B.C., and is regarded as the foundation of the first state-level society in the Western Hemisphere.<p>An …

Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

A team led by UA professor Takeshi Inomata developed a high-precision chronology that sheds new light on patterns leading up to the two major …

Giant Megalodon Shark Teeth May Have Inspired Mayan Monster Myths

Giant fossilized teeth from extinct megalodon sharks may have inspired portrayals of a primordial sea monster in Mesoamerican creation myths, …

Research

Mayan 'nesting doll' pyramid is found in Mexico inside the Temple of Kukulcan

Mayan 'nesting doll' pyramid is found in Mexico: 32ft-tall mystery structure is the SECOND to be uncovered inside the Temple of Kukulcan - and there …

Archaeology

Ancient Maya king had a luxury pleasure palace outside the city he ruled

On a secluded hilltop in the Guatemalan jungle, archaeologists have discovered a rural pleasure palace enjoyed by Maya kings more than a thousand years ago.<p>The lofty site included not only an apparent luxury residence but also two pyramids, one of them more than 30 feet high. Inscriptions on stone …

Secret Mayan tombs lend rare insight into rule of mysterious 'snake kings'

Archaeologists in Guatemala have unearthed two Maya tombs that “miraculously escaped” looters’ tunnels underneath two Maya pyramids, where researchers hope that jade-inlaid teeth, an inscribed human tibia and a puzzling sun-god pendant could give insight into the rule of ancient “snake kings”.<p>Maya …

Archaeology

Tulane archaeologists make Mayan discoveries at El Achiotal

Archaeologists with the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala, who in 2012 discovered the second known reference to the so-called …

Maya Tomb Discovered in Belize

XUNANTUNICH, BELIZE—Archaeologist Jaime Awe of Northern Arizona University has excavated a tomb at the Maya site of Xunantunich. According to <i>The</i> …

Mexico finds water tunnels under Pakal tomb in Palenque

Archaeologists at the Mayan ruin site of Palenque said Monday they have discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of …

Xunantunich tells more about her past in archaeological find

Posted: June 15, 2016. 10:24 p.m. CST.<p><b>By Dalila Ical.:</b> The Department of Archaeology has made an important discovery at Xunantunich, the “Stone …

Belize cave was Maya child sacrifice site

<b>ATLANTA</b> — Grim discoveries in Belize’s aptly named Midnight Terror Cave shed light on a long tradition of child sacrifices in ancient Maya society.<p>A …

Earth - Severe droughts explain the mysterious fall of the Maya

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>When European <i>conquistadores</i> sailed for Central America in the early 1500s, they were looking for untold wealth - and woe betide any native people who stood in their way. But in some places, …

See New Discoveries at the Mysterious City of the Jaguar

More than 200 elaborate sculptures hint at the rituals and the tragic end of a lost city in Honduras.<p>Over the past month, the excavation of an ancient city in Honduras has yielded a trove of remarkable stone artifacts from a mysterious, unnamed Pre-Columbian civilization. A joint American-Honduran …

Archaeology

Human Blood Found on Ancient Maya Arrowheads, Bloodletting Rituals to Feed Life Force to the Gods

Five hundred years ago at a remote temple in Guatemala, sacrificial blood was spilled during cutting ceremonies using razor-sharp obsidian …

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Subterranean river discovered beneath Mexico's Chichen Itza ruins

Experts have discovered that the main pyramid at Mexico’s Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza was at least partially built atop a subterranean river.<p>Mexico’s National Autonomous University scientists say they found a subterranean cavity about 20 metres deep below the pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El …

Archaeology

Tulane archaeologists discover ancient Mayan monuments | NOLA.com

Tulane University archaeologists have discovered several Mayan hieroglyphic panels in Guatemala that shed new light on the culture and history of the …

Mysterious Maya ‘citadel’ begins to reveal its secrets

Located within the Belize River region and spread across the imaginary border between Guatemala and Belize, the ancient Maya site of El Pilar …