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Old 05-15-2013, 03:52 PM  
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Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed for road fill

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Ancient Mayan pyramid destroyed for road fill

By Brad Lendon, CNN
updated 12:18 PM EDT, Wed May 15, 2013

(CNN) -- A Mayan pyramid that has stood for 2,300 years in Belize has been reduced to rubble, apparently to make fill for roads.

Local media in the Central American country of 334,000 people report the temple at the Noh Mul site in northern Belize was largely torn down by backhoes and bulldozers last week.

"This is one of the worst that I have seen in my entire 25 years of archaeology in Belize," John Morris, an archaeologist with the country's Institute of Archaeology, told local channel 7NewsBelize. "We can't salvage what has happened out here -- it is an incredible display of ignorance."

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The pyramid was the center of a settlement of about 40,000 people and 81 buildings over 12 square miles, according to 7NewsBelize. It stood about 65 feet tall and was built around 250 B.C. with hand-cut limestone bricks, archaeologists said.

The limestone is quality material used to upgrade local roads, and it's prized by contractors, local opposition legislator John Briceno told CTV3 News.

"The Mayas use good material to build their temples, and these temples are close to (the village of) Douglas so that means that they have to use less diesel, less wear and tear; they can do more trips per day, and at the end of the day they can make more money," CTV3 quotes Briceno as saying.

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"Like a huge palace or building or a huge temple, it would have had many rooms in there, multilayered rooms so you have rooms for people living, and you would also had several tombs in there of the people who lived in this area here," Morris told 7NewsBelize.

Awe said archaeologists would try to go through the rubble for artifacts.

"I'm hoping that there will be bits and pieces that we can acquire from any kind of work that we do there. But to say that we can try to preserve the building anymore; that is impossible," he told News5.

The mound sits on private land, and archaeologists said they would ask police to take action against both the landowner and contractor, according to reports.

"It is against the law; it is against the nature act to willfully destroy an ancient monument," Awe told News5. "Any willful destruction of an ancient site or monument has penalties of 10 years' imprisonment or $10,000 for this kind of destruction."
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You know, I never really thought about it, but of course stuff like this happens...
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:34 PM   #16
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I honeymooned in Belize and viseted the Mayan ruins in the southern part of the country. ..unbelievable they would do that. Belize is a pretty poor country though, and tourism is a big part of their economy. .doesn't make since to do this.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:42 PM   #17
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Ehh. Pyramids are overated. They should tear down those in Egypt also. What good does a giant triangle serve anyway ?
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #18
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Ehh. Pyramids are overated. They should tear down those in Egypt also. What good does a giant triangle serve anyway ?
Tear 'em down the Alien ships and weapons are underneath.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:54 PM   #19
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Have you ever read how many mummies from Egypt were ground up to make patent medicines and stuff in the 19th century? It's amazing.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #20
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:02 PM   #21
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:11 PM   #22
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:12 PM   #23
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:52 PM   #24
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Maybe the Mayan calendar was only predicting the end of this pyramid and not the end of the world?
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Old 05-16-2013, 01:14 AM   #25
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:11 AM   #26
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That is horrendous.

What would you say of this was the only option they had?

For example, not blowing the pyramid means extra commute of 2 hours for villagers which could be cut to 15 minutes with a new road.
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:30 AM   #27
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Don't care. Those commuters will live, retire, and die, and the pyramid will still stand (or rather, would have still stood). It's their culture, and their history, and their entire identity, and those buffoons didn't care one bit about that.

I'd like to say that the Belizean government will come down on them like a hammer, imprison their foremen, fire all of the workers, throw their backhoes into the Gulf of Mexico, annihilate their business, and run their aspiring politician CEO creep out of the country in disgrace. I have a feeling, though, that won't happen.

Oh, and this story left out the part about the construction company goon that ran reporters off with a machete. That's a nice touch.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:10 AM   #28
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That's a shame. Them people are going be cursed hope it's not the end of the world as we know it.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:15 AM   #29
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Not the first time they have this.
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Probably public shaming of prophecies that didn't come to pass, ah well.
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