• AD

Uncovered hidden neighborhood in ancient Maya city

Context:

In the contemporary world, given the technological advancements, when we talk about political, cultural, or social influences, be that good or bad; we see a lot of foreign powers in the business. But when we witness it happen in the first millennium AD, it remains almost a wonder. Here we'll talk about a recent study, uncovering such a phenomenon in the ancient American continent.

Let's Deep Dive:


What has been found:

An ancient Mayan city, Tikal located in the current region of Guatemala, was discovered in the 1950s. The site has been under thorough excavation and documentation since then. It has been known as one of the best-known sites as far as the Maya civilization is concerned.

A LiDAR(Light Detection And Ranging) survey in 2018 showed that a structure, previously taken as a natural hillock, consists of blocks of masonry and hence was man-made. Further study shows that the structure had great similarity with the 'Ciudadela' structure in the Mayan city of Teotihuacan to such an extent that the structure in Tikal can be termed as almost a miniature of the Teotihuacan 'Ciudadela'. The site was excavated again, this time, around the mentioned structure, based upon the data given by the LiDAR survey. A pyramid, 12 meters in height, was uncovered. This miniature(of the Ciudadela in Teotihuacan) also resembles the structure in alignment with the north.


The study:

The study has been conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. The team includes Stephen Houston from Brown University, Edwin Roman Ramirez, Thomas G. Garrison and David Stuart from the University of Texas, Hector Escobedo Ayala from Fundacion Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya, and Proyecto Arqueologico Sur de Tikal.