Filed under: Architecture, Education, History, Latin America | Tags: Capital of the Maya World, El Mirador, Lost City of the Maya
In 1979, archaeologist Richard Hansen, at the Jaguar Paw Temple, discovered pot fragments that proved the Maya had developed a complex society more than 1,000 years earlier than previously thought. Now overgrown by jungle, this ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization.
If you have ever wanted to discover lost worlds, this article from Smithsonian Magazine should be right up your archaeological alley. This is another of those mysterious sites where the residents suddenly picked up and abandoned their city of an estimated 200,000 people, 2000 years ago, and we don’t know why, or where they went. They seem to have left suddenly, leaving everything behind.