posted on Aug, 14 2012 @ 07:08 AM
What the Maya have achieved in building and engineering is amazing, but sometime they just went beyond what i could imagine.
It dosn't surprice me though, that they would build something like this when i look at some of their other spetacular designs, it's just that they
allmost make it perfect.
Read more here
Recent excavations, sediment coring and mapping at the pre-Columbian city of Tikal have identified new landscaping and engineering feats,
including the largest ancient dam built by the Maya of Central America.
That dam – constructed from cut stone, rubble and earth – stretched more than 260 feet in length, stood about 33 feet high and held about 20
million gallons of water in a man-made reservoir.
Water collection and storage were critical in the environment where rainfall is seasonal and extended droughts not uncommon. And so, the Maya
carefully integrated the built environment – expansive plazas, roadways, buildings and canals – into a water-collection and management system. At
Tikal, they collected literally all the water that fell onto these paved and/or plastered surfaces and sluiced it into man-made reservoirs.
Detailed in the latest findings by the UC-led efforts are:
*The largest ancient dam built by the ancient Maya of Central America
*Discussion on how reservoir waters were likely released
*Details on the construction of a cofferdam needed by the Maya to dredge one of the largest reservoirs at Tikal
*The presence of ancient springs linked to the initial colonization of Tikal
*Use of sand filtration to cleanse water entering reservoirs
*A "switching station" that accommodated seasonal filling and release of water
* Finding of the deepest, rock-cut canal segment in the Maya lowlands
Picture source and some more
This image shows excavation of the dam identified by the UC-led team. A collapsed sluice gate is outlined in red.
These are veneer stones of the dam identified by the UC researchers. What was once thought to be a sluice is outlined in red and is now filled with
This is a view of a Maya-built canal. Pictured is Guatemalan researcher Liwy Grazioso, who has participated in the work by a UC-led team.
Credit: University of Cincinnati researchers
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