Seriously? Mayan Pyramid Used for Road Filler

The BBC and Smithsonian.com report that a large Mayan pyramid in Belize was destroyed by a construction company that used the rocks as filler for building a road.  The temple was part of Noh Mul, a site that dates back to 350 B.C. and was active in two distinct periods, the late pre-Classic era and then again in the late-Classic era, from A.D. 600-900. Dr John Morris of the Belizean Institute of Archaeology said the temple was obviously a ruin and that the workers knew what they were doing. Archeologists complain that the destruction of temples for mundane reasons is an ongoing problem.

 

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  1. Cree McCree says:

    un-effin-believable!

  2. Tina Rosa says:

    Disgusto! Tontos! Bobos! Pynche pendejos!

  3. Nancy Ebersole says:

    PLEASE< PLEASE stop the destruction. Thousands of animals species are going extinct every day. The rain forests are being destroyed and now this. Get a grip people. Leave something for our children and their children and their children to enjoy and learn. Let them be able to see it, experience it in life and not from a book…

  4. -el codo- says:

    I hope they enjoy Belizean prison food.

    In Michoacan Mexico when the state built a new road on the coast between Lazaro Cardenas and Playa Azul they decided to use slag cinders from the Las Truchas steel mill. One and one half meters thick. But as usual there is a glitch in the plans – someone forgot to compensate for thermal expansion and contraction of the concrete overlay and now there are involuntary “topes” here and there.

    May Mayan gods descend and rave the desecrators od that ruin. Belize relies heavily on tourism so the public outcry may have some positive effect on the outcome of this outrage.

  5. BC says:

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/14/world/americas/belize-mayan-pyramid-destroyed/index.html
    CNN: Update

    The destroyed pyramids/mounds are on private land, still work at the site stopped when the country’s Institute of Archaeology were notified. John Morris, an archaeologist with the country’s Institute of Archaeology said “This is one of the worst that I have seen in my entire 25 years of archaeology in Belize” and said they would ask police to take action against both the landowner and contractor, because “[i]t is against the law; it is against the nature act to willfully destroy an ancient monument,”. “Any willful destruction of an ancient site or monument has penalties of 10 years’ imprisonment or $10,000 for this kind of destruction.”