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Posted on Wednesday, July 18 - 2012

Despite regular dry seasons the Maya found an ingenious way to store enough water to sustain them.Researchers believe that the Mayan civilization at Tikal in Guatemala survived for over a thousand years despite extensive droughts thanks to a sophisticated system of paved reservoirs that stored excess water during the wet season to sustain the populationwhen everything else had dried up."These people were able to use their land and water resources in a sustainable manner for as long as 1,500 years without significant interruption," said anthropologist Vernon Scarborough.

For four months out of every year in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, the skies dried up and no rain fell. Nevertheless, this metropolis in what is now Guatemala became abustling hub of as many as 80,000 residents by A. D. 700.  

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Posted on Friday, May 11 - 2012

The oldest ever Mayan calendar has been unearthed by archaeologists at the Xultun ruins in Guatemala.For years the fact that the Mayan calendar appears to end in 2012 has lead many people to believe that it marks a prediction for the end of the world. The new discovery however has helped to rule out that the Mayans ever intended to make such a prediction, instead their calendar system revolves around cycles that whencombined provide dates that stretch over 7,000 years in to the future."The ancient Maya predicted the world would continue, that 7,000 years from now, things would be exactly like this," said Dr.

William Saturno. "We keep looking for endings. The Maya were looking for a guarantee that nothing would change. It"s an entirely different mindset." Archaeologists working at the Xultun ruins of the Mayan civilisation have reported striking finds, including theoldest-known Mayan astronomical tables. The site, in Guatemala, includes the first known instance of Mayan art painted on the walls of a dwelling.  

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Posted on Sunday, February 05 - 2012

A number of artefacts have been discovered within the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan in Mexico.Making full use of existing tunnels excavated by archaeologists in the 1930s, researchers were able to unearth a host of new finds including a greenstone mask, projectile heads and small knives. It is thought that the 11cm mask might be a portrait ofsomeone due to its unusual size.

The offering also contained eleven Tlaloc vessels, (dedicated to the God of Rain) most of them broken, placed in the middle of the whole deposit. Further objects include three pyrite discs, one with a 45 cm diameter and mounted on a slate slab the largest ever recovered from Teotihuacan.  

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Posted on Tuesday, December 20 - 2011

A 1,100-year-old tomb containing the remains of 60 people has been discovered in Peru.It is thought that the remains were those of people who had been killed as sacrificial offerings to the gods of the Sican culture and then buried in the pit that was over 8m deep and 150m across. Some of the dead appeared to havebeen beheaded while others showed signs of being dropped from a great height.

A tomb containing the "perfectly intact" remains of 60 people - who were slaughtered in sacrificial offerings more than 1,100 years ago - has been discovered in Peru.  

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