posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 09:31 AM
3D mapping uncovers Lost Maya city
Archaeologists have uncovered the ancient Mayan city of Holtun, or "Head of Stone", with the help of 3D mapping system. It's been long known that
something was there but because of centuries of jungle covering the area, it was nearly impossible to know exactly what it was.
The 3D topographical map effectively 'erased' the rain forest growth and revealed a 70-foot tall pyramid, an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball
court, numerous plazas, and hundreds of buildings. The buildings date 800 BCE to 900 CE.
According to Kathryn Reese-Taylor, a Preclassic Maya specialist, the Lost City of Holtun "was not a New York or Los Angeles, but it was definitely a
Denver or Atlanta." Such a discovery is important so archaeologists can better understand how Mayans lived, worked and traded in these smaller,
Holtun is clustered among other Classic Period cities such as Tikal, Yaxha, and Naranjo in northern Guatemala, and completely overgrown with jungle.
From Southern Methodist Universities research team;
3-D map of Guatemala's "Head of Stone" confirms ancient buildings
(SMUResearch - blog.smu.edu)
Mapping of Maya's "Holtun" site in Central Lakes region of Guatemala locates triadic pyramid, astronomical observatory, ritual ball court,
residential mounds, plazas
Archaeologists have made the first three-dimensional topographical map of ancient monumental buildings long buried under centuries of jungle at
the Maya site "Head of Stone" in Guatemala.
The map puts into 3-D perspective the location and size of Head of Stone's many buildings and architectural patterns, which are typical of Maya sites:
70-foot-tall "triadic pyramid," an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball court, numerous plazas and also residential mounds that would have been the
homes of elites and commoners, according to archaeologist Brigitte Kovacevich, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Videos and images at link above.
Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of
Hidden for centuries, the ancient Maya city of Holtun, or Head of Stone, is finally coming into focus.
Three-dimensional mapping has "erased" centuries of jungle growth, revealing the rough contours of nearly a hundred buildings, according to research
presented earlier this month.
Though it's long been known to locals that something—something big—is buried in this patch of Guatemalan rain forest, it's only now that
archaeologists are able to begin teasing out what exactly Head of Stone was.
More at link above.
The site as it appears today:
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