There is a general feeling that with the coming of modern methods such as satellite mapping, and GPS, and our ability to go anywhere relatively easily, there is nothing left to discover on the Earth. Therefore the discovery of two ancient Mayan cities in the jungles of the Yucatan State of Mexico is exciting indeed. This information was released on the internet by Discovery News on August the 15th of this year. In the south-eastern part of the Yucatan, lies the ancient Mayan city of Chactun, discovered earlier. Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc, of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts is leading an expedition in the jungles surrounding Chactun when they came upon the remains of these two cities. They have been named Lagunita, and Tamchen. The architecture of both the cities belong to the Late and Terminal Classic Period, between 600 and 1000 AD.

Lagunita

maya cities laguinitaThis was actually a rediscovery as the American archaeologist Eric Von Euw had been there first in the 1970’s and had named it Lagunita. Subsequently, though the location of the place was lost and all subsequent attempts at locating it had failed as the information available was vague and inconclusive.According to Sprajc, aerial photographs were used to locate it. Anomalies in the thick vegetation were found, and the team went in to investigate. They found an entire city.This city features an extraordinary façade, which and other monuments had been documented by Von Euw along with drawings which remain unpublished. It was by comparing the drawings with the façade and other monuments that the place was finally identified as the lost city of Lagunita. The façade is a huge monster-mouth. Inside the gaping maw is the entrance to the city.This feature is quite common in that area with sites dating from the same period. However this one is the best preserved yet. It is supposed to represent the earth deity of fertility. As Sprajc told Discovery news, “These doorways symbolize the entrance to a cave and, in general, to the watery underworld, place of mythological origin of maize and abode of ancestors.”

Inside there is a pyramidal temple 65 ft. or 20 meters in height and a palace complex arranged around four plazas. Numerous monuments are dotted over the whole area. There is a ball court. 10 stelae and 3 alters were found featuring well preserved hieroglyphics, one of which has been partially deciphered.

Finding ancient artifacts in the tropical or sub-tropical jungle is extremely hard and chancy work. Sprajc says, “In the jungle you can be as little as 600 feet from a large site and do not even suspect it might be there; small mounds are all over the place, but they give you no idea about where an urban center might be.” So it was incredible good luck that the found the remains of another city, Tumchen.

Tumchen

maya cities pyramidalThis was an even more astonishing find. While looking around in the general area, the came across the ruins of another unknown city, which contained a more than 300 chultuns. Chultuns are deep underground bottle shaped reservoirs meant to hold rain water. Some of these are extremely deep, extending as far down as 13 meters.This city was named Tumchen as that word, in the Yucatan Maya language, means “deep well”. This city is also complete with a pyramidal temple, alter, and a large acropolis surrounded by three temples.

It seems that though Tumchen must have co-existed with Lagunita, it was probably built earlier. Parts of it have the look of Pre-Classic Era (300 BC to 200 AD). Sprajc says that these discoveries have opened new questions about the diversity of the Mayan culture, the role of that largely unexplored area in the lowland Maya history, and its relations with other polities.

The Mayan culture was once wide spread over the central and south Americas. Although the Mayans still exist, but the culture has disappeared. Most of these cities were abandoned due to various reasons and were soon lost in the dense vegetation. They are slowly being unearthed, but it is difficult to find them particularly in the lowlands. No doubt more will be found as explorations continue and this will give us a more detailed view about what they were like.

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