The discovery of a 2000-year-old Mayan city

Posted by Team on: Jan 18, 2023

Unexpectedly, archaeologists have found the remnants of a sizable Mayan settlement that had been buried beneath the rainforest. Aerial surveys in northern Guatemala have shown the same. According to reports, the enormous 650 square mile region, known as the Mirador-Calakmul Karst Basin, is located close to the Mexican border. 

Archaeologists estimate that the city must have existed 2,000 years ago and that it must have consisted of about 1,000 settlements connected by 110 miles of causeways. If we believe what they have found, then we must assume that the city existed 2,000 years ago. The 110-mile-long navigable causeways, which were cleared and used as highways, made it relatively simple for the civilisation's occupants to travel to surrounding settlements.

LiDAR (light detection and ranging), which was employed by a group of academics from many American universities as well as collaborators from France and Guatemala, is said to be responsible for this discovery. The researchers chose to employ LiDAR, a detecting technology based on laser light rather than radio waves, because LiDAR can penetrate rainforests and expose what lies beneath them.

The researchers revealed more about their discovery in a statement, stating that they also discovered evidence of massive platforms and pyramids in some communities, which they believe acted as centralised centres for work, politics, and leisure. 

Additionally, they believe that some of the towns had ball courts, indicating that people at the time also used them for practising a variety of local sports. The researchers also mentioned that individuals in the civilization constructed reservoirs and canals to store water for later use during dry spells.