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.”
Freddy Silva is a researcher and author who has extensively studied these ancient people, tracing their routes to a much older civilization.
“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.”
Ancient Footprints Evidence of 'Ant People' of Hopi Indian Lore
Ancient footprints buried for thousands of years are revealing their true date of creation thousands of years earlier than we thought and shaking up the conventional timeline. Could this validate Hopi stories of ancient Ant Men?
White Sands National Park in New Mexico today, is mostly chalky white desert and sand dunes, but thousands of years ago this was a temperate zone centered around the massive Lake Otero filled with flourishing plants, wildlife, and now we can confirm, humans. Ancient footprints originally discovered in 2009 have been radiocarbon dated to be from 21,000-23,000 years ago. Previous estimates of human habitation in this area were 13,000-16,000 years ago.
Ancient stone tools, footprints, and rock layers are difficult, if not impossible, to date. But scientists have found seeds from ancient spiral seed grass, mingled with some footprints. Those seeds were able to be carbon dated, proving humans were in the area and thriving thousands of years earlier than previously thought.
Jack Cary, researcher and author of “Paranormal Planet” commented on the significance of this discovery. “This is a huge point to shove back human migration. That means that you’re going to have to rewrite everything that’s associated in our science related to human migration. That is a huge problem for our anthropologists and for accepted science as a whole,” Cary said. “As investigators into ancient mysteries, this is one of the biggest things that we could ever discover because now we have absolute, inarguable proof that humans were there at this exact period of time.”
Why are investigators of ancient mysteries so excited about this find?
“This is the same area, the same place, and the same time that the Hopi Indians claimed that the so-called Ant People took them underground during a massive global cataclysm because the world basically caught fire according to their ancient, historical oral traditions. And this same event, strangely enough, can be found in the Book of Enoch when he describes a cometary impact. All of this would date back to around the same time period,” Cary said.
“And we have to remember that in Hopi language ‘Anu’ means ‘Ant’ and ‘Naki’ means ‘Friend,’ so the word Annunaki to the Hopi means ‘Ant Friends.’ And it was these ‘Ant Friends’ who twice took them underground, the second being when the last Ice Age actually melted creating a global flood that has been recorded in ancient histories worldwide. Now we have radiocarbon dated proof that there was in fact, human habitation in the right place, at the right time to make those oral histories viable.”