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.”

  • echar

    Apparently this is a semi common issue there.

  • Andrew

    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.

    • Apathesis

      It may be illegal, but is it immoral?

      Laws only have power if people are willing to abide by them.

      • idont thinkso

        I smell a plan.

  • Ittabena

    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.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

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

    • Anarchy Pony

      To quote Dr. Breen “Not for much longer, I think.”

  • InfvoCuernos

    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.

    • http://www.facebook.com/philip.corner.98 Philip Corner

      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?

  • nathan willard

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

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  • CosmicAmazing

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

    • Darius Daniel

      Then probably shot.

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Don’t it always seem to go this way?

  • Rus Archer

    too bad
    now where will they go to sacrifice humans?