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Lost 18-Kilometer Maya Road Revealed By Jungle-Piercing Lasers

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The giant sacbé (white road, in the Mayan language) was recently discovered by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), which used LiDAR-armed drones to cruise over the Puuc region in the state of Yucatán.  By scanning some 190 hectares (470 acres) of the region, archaeologists picked up on impressions that appear to be a lengthy road between the Maya cities of Uxmal and Kabah. The newly discovered road likely linked the two settlements for over 250 years between 700 and 950 CE when the cities were enjoying their heyday. Large archaeological ruins of these grand cities still remain today, including the Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal and Kabah’s vast Codz Poop palace (yes, that is its real name). As many as  25,000 people once lived in Uxmal and wandered around its highly decorated streets featuring many symbolic motifs and sculptures of Chaac, the god of rain. While a fair deal is known about Uxmal and Kabah, archaeologists had little idea about the mega-highway connecting the two until now… (READ MORE)

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