Archaeologists from Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin, along with colleagues from Guatemala, have discovered the ancient ruins of the Maya city of Tikal. Previously, this area was mistaken for the features of the relief, according to the magazine. ancient time… It turned out that the city was a copy of another ancient city – the citadel of Teotihuacan.
Tikal is now the largest Maya city located in Guatemala. Excavations in those places have been carried out since the 50s of the last century, but only fragments of the ancient city have been found. Its traces were found thanks to light detection and rangefinder software.
It turned out that the ruins are located a few tens of meters from the center of Tikal. In about 378 AD, the city was captured and partially destroyed by Teotihuacan, after which residents of the two cities have been in contact and trade with each other for centuries. However, as recent discoveries have shown, the matter was not limited to business.
Excavations have confirmed that the buildings were constructed of clay plaster rather than traditional Mayan limestone, and were designed to be miniature replicas of the buildings that made up the citadel of Teotihuacan. Everything was copied, up to the cornices and terraces and the specific orientation of the campus platforms to the north-east by 15.5 degrees.
Former Japanese archaeologist Akira Ichikawa met The Maya Pyramids were built 80 years after the Ilopango volcano erupted. This indicates that the restoration of civilization by survivors of the Maya catastrophe took some time.
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