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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.
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.
Originally posted by grindhouzer
Its amazing how all these pyramids and buildings are being discoverd, and to me, its seems that our ancestors were alot smarter than we are today...
Some of these pyramids have survived horrific global disasters.
Did the ancients know that this was the only type of building that would last hundreds of centuries into the future, surviving floods, volcanic activity etc
All you need to do is fly a couple of jet liners into our modern day buildings, and they are toast!
an astronomical observatory,