Experts Studying 2 Mayan Centers for Civilization in Mexico
The Maya tribe has gained quite a high level of fame, especially within the past few years. Their fame seems to be mainly attributed to the prophecy of the doom of the Planet Earth. According to the prophecy that originated from the tribe of the Maya, the world as known by the human race, the Earth, would have come to its doom by the year 2012. For those people out there who are fond of watching movies, they should definitely have watched the movie entitled ‘2012’, inspired by the Mayan prophecy. However, it turns out that the prophecy did not happen, or, it did happen but was misinterpreted by many, even experts in the field. What 2012 was all about for the Mayans was that it was the time their calendar would end. That said, it had nothing to do with the doomsday. Yet, apart from the misinterpreted prophecy, experts are still very keen on discovering more about this tribe in particular. Only recently, an expert team from Mexico had managed to uncover not one but two Mayan cities which had been lost for centuries. According to reports, this will be a great clue for finding out the mystery behind the abandonment of both of the early capitals of the mighty Mayan empire.
The team happened to discover the two lost capital cities of the Mayan empire at the Yucatan peninsula. Ironically enough, both of the lost Mayan capitals were found to once exist at the Campeche, at the Gulf state southeastern section to be more precise.
The first of the lost Mayan capitals has been identified to be Tamchen. This place is believed to be the home of palatial buildings, plazas and even pyramids that could easily reach a height of fifteen meters in total. In addition to all those stuffs, the Tamchen also hosts numerous water tanks underground. In fact, this is the reason why the name of the capital is Tamchen, which means ‘deep well’, actually.
Now, besides Tamchen, the other capital of the Mayan tribe found by the team of experts has been identified to be the Lagunita. This one, however, was actually discovered already by Eric von Euw, a researcher from America, around forty years ago. And, if it was not for the said American researcher’s various sketches, the expert team from Mexico could not have possibly relocated the site of the Lagunita capital city. The sketches that were once drawn – some were photographed – by Eric von Euw has quite a few interesting stuffs in them, including what seem to be some jaws that belong to a certain kind of reptiles that inhabit the area.
The discoveries of the two lost Mayan capitals are indeed an amazing one, as expressed by an anthropologist from the Illinois University, Lisa Lucero. According to the anthropologist in question, the discoveries of the lost capitals are amazing because these cities are found to exist on a buffer land, or in other words, a no man’s land. And Lisa also explains that the areas actually possess more farmsteads and centers than the Mexican researcher team thought initially.
Regarding the discoveries, the National Institute for History and Anthropology of Mexico has declared that Lagunita was once actually a place which was of utmost importance to the region. As such, what the Mexican research team has found here will be a great lead for archaeologists all around the world. They will be better able to learn about what politics and cultures were all about for the people who once lived at the Maya’s Central Lowlands. Just for information, this place has now turned into an area that is located at a distance from the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve facility.
In the discoveries, the Mexican research team has also come across quite a number of unique items, such as, hieroglyphic forms and unique altar shapes. Lisa Lucero, the anthropologist mentioned above from the Illinois University, also has faith in that these discoveries will greatly help scientists to better understand the connection that such places as the Chichen Itza – one of the more modern Mayan centers in the north – have with the southern Mayan centers, such as the Tikal – which is situated at Guatemala – and the Palenque – which is situated at the Chiapas.