2,300-Year-Old Mayan Pyramid In Belize Bulldozed For Roadway Project

mayan pyramidThe Sydney Morning Herald reports that a private company has demolished key Mayan ruins in order to use the debris to fill potholes:

A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project. Nohmul sat in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field.

The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex was detected late last week. The ceremonial center dates back at least 2300 years and is the most important site in northern Belize, near the border with Mexico.

“It’s a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity…they were using this for road fill,” Mr Awe said. “It’s just so horrendous…To think that today you can go and excavate in a quarry anywhere, but that this company would completely disregard that and completely destroy it.”

15 Comments on "2,300-Year-Old Mayan Pyramid In Belize Bulldozed For Roadway Project"

  1. Apparently this is a semi common issue there.

  2. The biggest injustice here is that it would be illegal to burn down the company’s headquarters with the owners, CEO, and board of directors inside.

  3. Hey, they saw a chance to save a couple bucks on fuel, and there was obviously no regulations forbidding it, or we would have been told about possibilities of prosecution.

    What a shame. The downward spiral continues.

  4. Monkey See Monkey Do | May 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm |

    Go humans!
    Marvel at the fact that us monkeys made it this far….

  5. InfvoCuernos | May 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm |

    Pretty common practice throughout history to loot the ruins of those who came before you for building materials. The Egyptian pyramids at Giza all had smooth facings once upon a time. If memory serves me, I think that the Rosetta Stone was a piece from a temple that was re-appropriated for building material.

    • Indeed. In 18th century Britain much of Hadrian’s Wall was demolished in order to build a road to quell the Jacobite insurrection. I wonder what will happen to our skyscrapers in the future?

  6. nathan willard | May 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

    It just turns my stomach, to something stand for so long, and then be broken down in days by ignorance.

  7. Tragic:(

  8. CosmicAmazing | May 16, 2013 at 8:31 am |

    This is extremely troubling. Their had to be at least one person there who stood up and said something..

  9. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | May 16, 2013 at 8:33 am |

    Don’t it always seem to go this way?

  10. Rus Archer | May 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

    too bad
    now where will they go to sacrifice humans?

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