Ancient Mayan Cities Discovered in Mexico Jungle

ANCIENT MAYA - In southeast Mexico, two ancient Mayan cities have been discovered by a team of Slovenian archaeologists. The first location, Lagunita, has in fact been rediscovered on the basis of notes and drawings left by an American archaeologist in the 1970s.

Ancient Maya

The second location is a completely new discovery, now named Tamchén. This word means “deep well” in the Mayan language and refers to underground chambers – called chultuns - found at the site, which were supposedly used for collecting rainwater.

One of the most amazing features is a so-called monster-mouth façade. There are hieroglyphic inscriptions as well. The ancient Maya cities had pyramid temples and palaces, of which ruins have now been discovered. The location is thought to have flourished between 600 and 1000 AD.

Ancient Mayan Cities

Unusual features, so far unknown in other Mayan cities, make the discovery of great interest for future study. The large number of deep chultuns is unusual for example, and so is the shape of the altars at Lagunita. Most intriguing are the versions of the Mayan calendars inscribed in stone monuments on the site. In one text the Long Count Date is incomplete.

Future research into the meaning of these discoveries is needed.

Source and more information: ZRC SAZU Research centre