New Mayan Discoveries
June 30, 2008
Newly discovered cities of the Ancient Maya suggest that their civilization is much older than previously thought.
And the archaeologists are hopeful of finding evidence of even earlier cities, as they continue their search.
Over the last five years, Bey and his colleagues have started unearthing Maya cities in the Puuc region dating back to more than 800 B.C. “It is both the number of sites we are finding as well as that some of them produced large-scale monumental architecture — pyramids and an acropolis — while others have ball courts.” At Kiuic, Bey’s team has found a large platform that held at least two large ceremonial structures with ceramics. The cities dated back more than a millennium earlier than anyone had thought Maya cities existed in the region.
Meanwhile satellite images are helping uncover Mayan cities in Guatemala.