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Mexican and foreign archaeologists recently discovered an ancient Mayan city in southeast of Mexico which they have named Chactun “Red Rock” or “Large Rock” .
The city is one of the largest found in the central lower regions of the Mayan civilization, and dates back between 600 A.D. and 900 A.D. Archaeologists have found nearly a dozen buildings here, some of which carry inscriptions.
For centuries, Chactun remained hidden in the jungle, covered by thick vegetation in a place far away from humans.
The site was only discovered through large-scale aerial photography because the area is part of a nature preserve.
They found a number of pyramids and palatial buildings, including two ball game courts, squares, plazas, sculptured monuments and rooms. The tallest pyramid they found is 75 feet, which is about 12 times my height to give you some perspective. The Mayans are probably best known for developing hieroglyphic writing and an advanced astronomical system.
Chactun is found to the north of one of the most important cities of Mayan civilization, Calakmul, which was once home to more than 50,000 inhabitants.
Though the city’s timeline goes as far back as 300 B.C. to 240 A.D., known as the pre-classic period, its golden age was in the Classic period (250 A.D. to 900 A.D.). Calakmul served as the main rival of Tikal, one of the most powerful kingdoms of the the ancient Maya who battled for dominance of the central Mayan area.
Tracing its origins to the end of the 4th millennium BC, the ancient Mesoamerican civilization of the Maya reached its peak between A.D. 250 and 900 when they ruled over large swathes of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize.
The Maya then began a slow decline, but pockets of the civilization continued to flourish until they were finally subjugated by the Spanish in the 17th century.
Isn’t this fascinating? Well if you’re a history buff like me, these kinds of discoveries are super interesting because they tell us a lot about our ancestors and what happened before recorded history.
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