posted on Apr, 5 2005 @ 04:07 PM
A big discovery off the southern coast of Belize shows that the ancient Mayans mass produced salt. Previously there was only four known salt works.
Heather McKillop from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University made the discovery of 41 new salt production works
that were used by Mayans.
The salt would have been shipped by canoe to the interior cities along the river.
Underwater archaeologists have discovered 41 new seaside salt production works used by the ancient Mayans in Central America.
Four salt works had previously been known in that area. The discovery of 41 new works, along with the remains of wooden buildings from the era of A.D.
600 to 900, indicates salt was mass-produced and stored before shipment upriver, she reported.
Ceramic pottery was used for boiling water to produce the salt, she wrote, and a canoe paddle was also found, indicating that the salt was transported
inland by canoe.
The research was supported by a grant from Louisiana State University.
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This discovery shows that Mayans mass produced salt about fifteen hundred years ago. Although it was known that the Mayans did season food with salt,
this shows that they had a very large scale production. Also found were old buildings that were used for storage before shipping the salt up the
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[edit on 5/4/2005 by Umbrax]