Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have announced the discovery of a remarkably well-preserved Mayan canoe in the depths of one of the Yucatán Peninsula’s many cenotes – sinkholes and vast underground pools formed by the collapse of the region’s limestone bedrock. The canoe, measuring 1.6 metres by 80 centimetres, was … Continue reading Remarkably intact Mayan canoe discovered in deep sinkhole
Lidar – light detection and ranging, a light-based method of remote sensing – has become a valuable tool in archaeology, exposing details about ancient sites that had previously gone unseen in excavations. A team of US and Mexican researchers have used lidar data from over 80,000 square kilometres of southern Mexico to reveal the architecture … Continue reading Hunt for ancient Mesoamerican civilisations yields 478 new sites
Archaeologists and researchers decoding the secrets of one of the most magnificent ruins of the Mayan empire – the ancient city of Tikal – have made a ground-breaking discovery that potentially rewrites our understanding of interactions in the ancient Americas. Tikal, in the north of modern-day Guatemala, has been extensively studied since at least the … Continue reading Uncovering the secrets of an ancient Mayan city
Modern technology has helped archaeologists add two more pieces to the puzzle of the history of the Americas. In Mexico, LiDAR (light detection and ranging) equipment uncovered what researchers say is the largest and oldest known Maya monument, while in neighbouring Belize, isotopic analysis of human remains provided the earliest timeline for the adoption of … Continue reading Maya monuments and maize in the Americas
New evidence suggests Maya culture had larger
and earlier impacts on Earth’s systems.
A neat narrative linking violence and the end of civilisation is challenged by new evidence. Barry Keily reports.
This is a blade fashioned over 1000 years ago for use by a Mayan worker at an ancient salt works called Ek Way Nal in southern Belize. The implement was made of jadeite, a semi-precious stone that during the Classic Period of the Mayan civilisation – 300 to 900 CE – was generally reserved for … Continue reading A jade blade for the salt of the earth
Blades recovered from caves indicate ritual genital cutting was common in the meso-American civilisation. Andrew Masterson reports.
Airborne survey reveals thousands of previously unseen Mayan structures.
Mexico’s great pre-Columbian civilisation was doomed by lack of rain. Richard A Lovett reports.