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Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Šprajc is behind discovery of three significant ruins in the remote jungles of the Yucatán peninsula. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 3 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 2 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica.

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CNN A sweat-smothered man in a wide-brimmed hat, knee-high leather boots and a khaki uniform machetes his way through lush jungle foliage. By AD, practically everything was abandoned.

The stelae were originally painted, and some of the red pigment remains. Astronomy, Architecture, and Landscape in Prehispanic Mesoamerica. Sprajc says that the cities covered about acres of land when measured, but notes that they were probably larger at their peak. Already, he says, obviously modified monuments and unusual finds in the newly discovered cities suggest they might one day be the centre of new ideas about what happened to the Maya in those key centuries.

As There Actually Should All three cities have been dated back to the 8th century.

Archaeologist Šprajc returns to Yucatan for vital answers about the Maya

Only when we found srajc, we realized we were at the site of Lagunita, which had been visited in the s by American archaeologist Eric Von Euw. The risk of finding nothing to show for all the effort is real.

We have now been in field for three weeks, making a good progress.

Americas Archaeology Slovenia Europe Heritage news. Next year they plan to explore the south section of the scanned area. But it is such a reward when you find a new site,” said the Slovenian archaeologist, who has made a career of finding lost Mayan cities.


Sprajc in front of one of the uncovered Mayan cities Photo: We are continuing our fieldwork and have interesting findings, but I do not have time right now to organize and present the information. It appears that, by the Late and Terminal Classic, the whole landscape was thoroughly modified and exploited for agricultural purposes and water management, as attested by modified aguadas, canals, terraces, ridges and boundary walls.

Sincehe and his team eprajc discovered more than 80 ancient Mayan cities in the jungles of Mexico, few of which the modern world had known before. On several occasions we’ve had two, three weeks of just cutting through the bush to get to some location, without knowing what we would find.

Curious altars in the shape of a nail head were reported as a peculiar feature of Lagunita, which we explored inbut now we have found a few more in one architectural group. Thank you You are on the list. Stereoscopic examination of aerial photographs has been more helpful, revealing structures and regular shapes, as well as old overgrown paths the team reopen.

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Unfortunately, not everything is good news. Twice he has stumbled across jaguars. By the year AD, practically every Mayan settlement had been abandoned.

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Here is a new book on Maya archaeoastronomy, freely available online: The finding of the three zprajc is the first step in surveying an almost unexplored area spanning abouthectares in the northern part of the Calakmul biosphere reserve, in the southern Mexican state of Campeche.

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The real-life Indiana Jones on the hunt for lost ancient Mayan cities in Mexico

Order by newest oldest recommendations. He is not in the least proprietary about what he discovers, preferring to let other research teams dive in to the sites he has found to slowly excavate, catalogue and analyze what he finds.

Yoga ball murderer was a manipulative, bullying husband: Wednesday, 29 October,9: Different kinds of vehicles have been used, in order to maximize the efficiency of our work. Anyone willing to support our efforts is welcome to visit A fairly solid consensus exists that prolonged drought, population pressure and an intensification of conflict were all contributing factors, but the sequence of these remains a mystery.

Lagunita, the second site, has an impressive monster mouth facade on one of the buildings, representing an earth god related with fertility. If you’re current or former military, you’d better read this. Most Popular Viewed 1. World Brewery recreates beer from bottles found on year-old shipwreck 30 Oct Promotions Register for a free copy of Home Essentials now.

Twice, he says, he has stumbled across jaguars.