Monday, May 16, 2011

The lost Mayan city.

Buried deep within the Jungles of Guatemala lie’s the recently discovered lost city of Holtun, also known as the Head of stone. Dating back to 600 to 300 BC, the ancient city was mid size with a population of around 2000 people.

The remains of hundreds of buildings yet to be discovered include a massive 3 headed pyramid and an astronomical observatory. They lie under thick rainforest growth waiting to be unearthed and Archaeologists are only now starting to understand its size thanks to 3D imaging. 

The site was unfortunately discovered thanks to the tracking of looters whom had somehow unearthed 10 feet tall stucco masks back in the mid 1990`s. These painted masks in the shape of people and animals would have been hanging near stairs to the main temple.

The ‘Head of Stone’ would have been a gathering place for important events such as crowning of kings and visitors would have witnessed many rituals during their visit. Archaeologists are hoping to start excavating parts of the city, including the Observatory sometime in the summer of 2011.

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