Laser Scanning Reveals Mayan Complex Hidden for Centuries
Laser mapping reveals nearly 500 ancient ceremonial sites hiding just under the landscape of modern-day Mexico and leads scientists to revise their understandings of the origins of the Maya Civilization.
Eastern Mexico is home to the ancient Maya, renowned for their striking pyramids, written language, and complex calendar system. It is there that scientists first discovered Aquada Fénix, the largest and oldest-known Mayan construction.
Professor Takeshi Inomata is an archeologist at the University of Arizona who led the study. “We did LiDAR, which is an airborne laser marking technique. Using this technique we found Aguada Fénix, which is the oldest monumental construction in the Maya area,” Inomata said. “It has a huge artificial plateau which has a perfect, rectangular shape measuring 1.4 km long and 400m wide, which represents the largest construction in the entire Maya history. It dates to probably 1,100 – 700 BC, which makes it the oldest monumental construction in the Maya area. So the interesting part is that the largest building happened at the very beginning or oldest stage of Maya civilization.”
Having made this extraordinary find, the team recently expanded their search to a broader area using the same cutting-edge LiDAR technology. They were specifically hoping to find sites built by the Olmec people, an older civilization thought to have influenced the development of the Maya. What LiDAR revealed was groundbreaking.
“We found nearly 500 ceremonial complexes, which look like Aguada Fénix, although they are not as big. This distribution shows they shared similar concepts of space, ritual, and probably worldview. It tells us the people in the Olmec area and the Maya area really exchanged ideas and that kind of interaction was very important for the initial development of Mesoamerican civilizations,” Inomata said.
“This is the earliest evidence for the gathering of a really large number of people. Those people probably did not have too many hierarchical organizations, they most likely did not have kings. They didn’t have much marked social inequalities, so those people gathered and organized themselves, then made these huge constructions. This really makes us think about the development and possibility of human societies, not just about Mesoamerica, but about human societies in general.”
“There was a big remnant of a very large civilization, which began after this island continent in the middle of the Eastern ocean, called ‘Atl’ back in the day, sank and we received the survivors in 9,600 BC,” Silva said. “It’s a very specific date at the end of the great flood, but it’s not just that they came from the Atlantic, the survivors also came from the Pacific. So now we’re looking at something much bigger as a story because not only are these cities being discovered by LiDAR as a remnant of a civilization that came from the East, they also came from the West as well; we have the migration of two different groups of people which made up the Maya culture into what it became.”
What is known about these groups of people?
“These people arrived in groups of seven, there were various teachers who were experts in their field. These were people who were really more into the nuts and bolts of what the spiritual system was all about, they would know more than the average person,” Silva said. “So, they became part of a priesthood that was open to men, women, and anyone who was curious, and they would spend years, anywhere between five to 10 years learning the mysteries. These are people who settled down and spread the culture across the whole of Yucatan and into Guatemala, and I quote, ‘[A]s a mirror image of the sunken homelands of the Gods.’ So what we see today in the jungle are essentially copies of the originals which are now thousands of feet under the ocean.”
Much more remains to be known about the history of these fascinating civilizations and plans are underway for further research.
“You can’t get away from digging. Discovering the past is a very difficult and time-involved process, as a researcher, I can tell you it’s not easy unless you look at the past from different lenses.” Silva said “You have to look at it from the point of view of mythology, folklore, climatology, and how people were thinking at the time, and that requires talking to a lot of people with an open mind to bring a kind of consensus. From my part, I would like to see the LiDAR and the archeology go to the deepest parts of Guatemala because that’s where the Itz (Mayan people) eventually settled. And I suspect as this LiDAR becomes more of a tool we’re going to find some very big news coming out of Guatemala, Belize, and even further south. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as I’m concerned.”
The Epic Showdown Between Atlantis and Lemuria
Since Plato first mentioned the existence of an ancient land that once served as the hub of a great civilization, people have been intrigued by Atlantis—an alleged civilization of advanced people who descended from the stars.
Through the centuries, researchers have not only been driven to find where Atlantis once existed, but also its connection to unseen forces, distant civilizations, and a seat of wisdom now buried beneath the ocean. Thanks to the memories of Matias De Stefano, an indigo child who remembers his past life in the Atlantean colony of Khem, we can take an even closer look at this lost civilization.
Matias reveals the real nature of Atlantis and its historical connection with the Mu people, a species whom he refers to as the Alithir. This civilization has also been referred to in history as the Lemurian civilization. Lemuria has been thought to be a lost continent of the Pacific that was once an exotic paradise. Lemuria is front and center in an epic confrontation with the ancient empire of Atlantis across the globe, having left a lingering impression upon our modern world, and even influencing the way we live today.
Approximately 50,000 years ago the Alithir, also called the Angels of the Sea, made their home in the Pacific, where billions of years ago, the moon crashed into the Earth, creating the massive crater. The crash opened a powerful portal on the planet and attracted otherworldly beings to settle on Earth.. That territory was within the area that triangulates Hawaii to the north, New Zealand to the west, and Easter Island to the east. From there, the Alithir settled four main portals in North America, South America, Australia, and Asia, where the four largest deserts on earth existed.
Matias says the main preoccupation of the Alithir was to work with our planet’s water to connect the vibrations of Earth and all beings as one consciousness. As more civilizations came through the portals, they set out to rule with different agendas. Early on, the Sirius people arrived to organize the Kundalini energy of the planet and raise the vibrations of all beings.