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Two Ancient Mayan Cities Discovered in Mexican Jungle

Two Ancient Mayan Cities Discovered in Mexican Jungle

Posted by Juan Gavasa on August 21, 2014

Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient Mayan cities in Mexico. For centuries they were hidden in the Mexican jungle of Campeche,Yucatan peninsula. The cities were surrounded by thick vegetation and were barely accessible.

The first city is called Lagunita and features doorways depicting the open mouth of an earth monster. The second city was named Tamchen and its history going back to the Late Preclassic, between 300 B.C. and 250 A.D. More than 30 chultuns were found at the site. These are bottle-shaped underground chambers, largely intended for collecting rainwater.

An expedition was led by Ivan Sprajc of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. “Both cities open new questions about the diversity of Maya culture, the role of that largely unexplored area in the lowland Maya history, and its relations with other polities,” Sprajc said to Discovery News.

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