Bulldozers destroy 3200-year-old Mayan pyramid in Belize


One of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids was bulldozed by a construction company.  Even conservative archeologists date the pyramid to be at least 2,300 years old.  You might be wondering what reason they could have to destroy such ancient ceremonial center?  They needed the crushed stone so that it could be used as road fill. 
The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe commented:

“It’s a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity … they were using this for road fill,” Awe said. “It’s like being punched in the stomach, it’s just so horrendous.”

“Just to realise that the ancient Maya acquired all this building material to erect these buildings, using nothing more than stone tools and quarried the stone, and carried this material on their heads, using tump lines,” Awe said. “To think that today we have modern equipment, that you can go and excavate in a quarry anywhere, but that this company would completely disregard that and completely destroyed this building. Why can’t these people just go and quarry somewhere that has no cultural significance? It’s mind-boggling.”

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/14/mayan-pyramid-bulldozed-road-construction

 

 

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