Ancient Mayan Discovery Shocks Scientists

( According to a study published at the beginning of December, a group of experts found a sequence of Mayan settlements and roadways in northern Guatemala that date back 3,000 years.

A high-tech investigation found evidence of at least 1,000 ancient Maya communities, including more than 400 new cities that appear to have been connected by the world’s first known highway system. The study also found evidence that the Maya used writing to record their history. The cities and infrastructure were previously concealed beneath the thick jungles of northern Guatemala and southern Mexico; however, they have now been unearthed thanks to LiDAR data, which enables researchers to look beneath the foliage and uncover the hidden cities and infrastructure.

The newly unearthed structures were constructed hundreds of years before developing the most significant Maya states.

According to the researchers, the investigation’s findings included what seem to be “highways or superhighways” spanning approximately 110 kilometers. Researchers have discovered the most significant ‘proof’ of Maya civilization, a concealed site in the woods that could only be detected using laser beams.

The enormous Maya civilization was uncovered with ballcourts, roadways, and reservoirs. The Maya built some incredible structures in their ancient culture.

According to reports, the team believes that they have discovered pyramids and what look to be ball game courts and major infrastructure related to water engineering. This infrastructure includes dams, irrigation canals, and reservoirs.

Primary researcher Richard Hansen, who spoke with Reuters, said this finding “shows the economic, political, and social complexity of what was happening simultaneously across this entire area.”

According to Phys.Org, the entire region spans approximately 650 square miles and shows humans live in dense population hubs. This contradicts earlier hypotheses that Mesoamerican settlements had a low population density. One of the most recent discoveries defies a long-standing consensus.