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2,000-Year-Old Maya Superhighway Discovered in the Jungle of Guatemala

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 18:14
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2,000-Year-Old Maya Superhighway Discovered in the Jungle of Guatemala

Few ancient civilizations have left us evidence of the roads they built to maintain effective communication and transportation within their spear of influence. Until recently, the model for effective road creation and maintenance was ancient Rome. However, the recent discovery of a system of superhighways that once connected pyramidal complexes over a distance of 150 miles (240 km) in Guatemala, means that the Maya civilization may now rival the Romans.

The finding was made last month by researchers of the Mirador Basin (Archaeological) Project. In the Mirador Basin there are many pre-classic Maya sites including El MiradorNakbe, El Pesquero, El Tintal, Wakna, and Xulnal.

Main: A pyramid covered in vegetation at El Mirador. Inset: A Maya stela found at El Mirador

Main: A pyramid covered in vegetation at El Mirador (Dennis Jarvis / flickr). Inset: A Maya stela found at El Mirador (CC by SA 2.0)

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