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

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

An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out …

Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

Using the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, archaeologists have developed a high-precision chronology that …

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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, …

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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 could be more

• <b>The structure was discovered inside the massive pyramid of Kukulkan at the famous Mayan site</b>• <b><br>Archaeologists have long known that a smaller pyramid is</b> …

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 …

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

Jade-inlaid teeth and inscribed tibia unearthed in Holmul ruins of Guatemala hint at influence and power of Mayan dynasty known for snakehead emblem<p>Archaeologists in Guatemala have unearthed two Maya tombs that “miraculously escaped” looters’ tunnels underneath two Maya pyramids, where researchers …

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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 …

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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> …

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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 …

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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.A …

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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, …

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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 …

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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

Scientists reveal cavity 20 metres below the pyramid of Kukulkan, also known as El Castillo<p>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 …

Tulane archaeologists discover ancient Mayan monuments

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

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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 …

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Archaeologists Decipher Name of ‘Ancient Astronaut’ Maya Tomb

MEXICO CITY — Researchers in Mexico say they have decoded the hieroglyphic name on the Palenque tomb of ancient Maya King Pakal, revealing it to read "The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears," more than 60 years after the crypt was discovered.<p>Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier discovered …

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Early Urban Planning: Ancient Mayan City Built on Grid

An ancient Mayan city followed a unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler, archaeologists working at Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Petén, …

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New Findings on Drought and the Ancient Maya Collapse

The well-known societal collapse of the ancient Maya civilization in the southern Maya lowlands during the Terminal Classic Period (about 800 – 950 …

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Archaeologist Discovers Mysterious Ancient Maya Citadel

For three decades, archaeologist Anabel Ford has been exploring and studying the ancient Maya site of El Pilar, but until now she has never …

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Maya Mural Reveals Ancient 'Photobomb'

An ancient Maya mural found in the Guatemalan rainforest may depict a group portrait of advisers to the Maya royalty, a new study finds.<p>Most Maya …

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At Newly Discovered Water Temple, Maya Offered Sacrifices to End Drought

Ancient people sacrificed offerings to water god at edge of sacred pool.<p>Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult" and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their civilization.<p>At the Cara …

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Ancient Mayan Altars, Sculpted Artwork Discovered in Guatemala

A team of archaeologists in Guatemala has discovered a council house dating back about 700 years with altars, incense burners and sculpted images of …

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