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Ancient Mayan pyramid bulldozed in Belize

By T.K. Randall
May 15, 2013 · Comment icon 49 comments



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A construction company seeking gravel to fill a road has destroyed a 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid.
The Noh Mul temple lies on private land and appears to have represented an easy opportunity for workmen to pillage materials. The pre-Columbian ruins had stood at the site for more than two millennia before meeting an untimely end under the wheels of a bulldozer. The temple is now almost completely destroyed aside from the core mound of the structure that now stands exposed to the elements.

"It is incredible that someone would actually have the gall to destroy this building out here," said Dr John Morris of the Belizean Institute of Archaeology. "There is absolutely no way that they would not know that these are Maya mounds."
Officials in Belize say a construction company has destroyed one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids.


Source: BBC News | Comments (49)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #40 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
In Hawai'i construction, no matter how much it costs, will come to a screeching halt if anything from ancient times is found, especially bones of the ancestors. . It was complete and utter disregard for their history and that is sad. . unfortunately Lady, this kind of thing happens all the time over here. we've lost hundreds of ancient sites to industry. a few years ago we lost a group of stone circles to a quarry company, despite dedicated protests, campaigns by local residents that an alternative site was a better prospect, and all to no avail. archeologists were allowed two weeks to excavat... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by ShadowBoy86x 10 years ago
omg, so sad....... why???? damn you!!
Comment icon #42 Posted by andy hair candy 10 years ago
Wow... They can build a mcdonalds... History is pretty cheap to some
Comment icon #43 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 10 years ago
Is the government of Belize going to stand for this?
Comment icon #44 Posted by Mikko-kun 10 years ago
The deep sea trawlers have been destroying any potential evidence from the world's shores and shallow seas, but it doesn't seem to be regarded so big issue because you dont know if the evidence is there in that case. I'd regard it a bigger issue in archeological perspective though, because it destroys any potential evidence that we haven't even begun to find yet. But I guess it's late for that now.
Comment icon #45 Posted by kapow53 10 years ago
Meeting and exceeding the qualifications for 3rd world country
Comment icon #46 Posted by coolguy 10 years ago
very sad to read this. i hope the guy who told them to do this goes to jail
Comment icon #47 Posted by taniwha 9 years ago
Comment icon #48 Posted by Lava_Lady 9 years ago
. unfortunately Lady, this kind of thing happens all the time over here. we've lost hundreds of ancient sites to industry. a few years ago we lost a group of stone circles to a quarry company, despite dedicated protests, campaigns by local residents that an alternative site was a better prospect, and all to no avail. archeologists were allowed two weeks to excavate & document the site, then it was destroyed, after 4000yrs of doing no-one any harm. the thornborough henges near to me are in danger of being lost to a gypsum mine, ruining a major prehistoric site when the whole area is built o... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by DieChecker 9 years ago
That really is unfortunate... I love going to the ancient sites here, it's so amazing to feel the petroglyphs and wonder who it was so long ago that left this tiny piece of art and probably had no idea that it would last this long. It's like holding hands with the past. There are grave sites on Maui I visited that are really old with the bones of the deceased still in there. Having been lovingly placed by family and some still get flowers and other gifts. I feel sad that some people don't care. It is kind of like someone tearing down Mt Rushmore to get gravel for a parking lot. It is simply di... [More]


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