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Ancient Mayan Cities Rediscovered

"The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita. Note the stylized eye of the earth monster and fangs along the doorway jamb." IVAN SPRAJC

“The monster mouth doorway at Lagunita. Note the stylized eye of the earth monster and fangs along the doorway jamb.”
IVAN SPRAJC

I lament the day we’ve finally discovered everything left behind from our ancient ancestors.

via Discovery:

A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities.

Found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula, the cities were hidden in thick vegetation and hardly accessible.

“Aerial photographs helped us in locating the sites,” expedition leader Ivan Sprajc, of the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), said.

Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013.

No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 – 1000 A.D.

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Campeche’s Annual Cleaning of the Dead

Mexico Campeche location mapOddity Central reports on a fascinating funereal custom practiced by the people of Pomuch, Campeche:

On this particular day, families visit the cemetery to participate in the ritual cleaning of the bones of their loved ones. The squeaky-clean remains are then placed on display along with flowers and a new cloth for veneration.

The custom applies to anybody who dies in Campeche, ranging from young to old. Every corpse is buried for three years and then, on the Day of the Dead, the bones are dug up, cleaned and transferred to a wooden crate. The waiting period of 3 years is important because the bones need that time to dry out. The wooden crate is placed on permanent display in the cemetery. From then on, people go to the cemetery to pay their respects and clean the remains every year.

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