Construction company bulldozes Mayan pyramid to ruins

first_imgIt’s like being punched in the stomach: archaeologist. A construction company has essentially destroyed one of the largest and most ancient Mayan pyramids after extracting rock from the mountain for the development of a road-building project.Local authorities announced this week, the company had used backhoes and bulldozers to extract the rock from the pyramid at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize, leaving the ancient structure in ruins, The Australian reported.  Dating as far back as 2,300 years, Belize Institute of Archaeology Jaime Awe said the pyramid was one of northern Belize’s most important sites and considers the incident a punch to the stomach.Located in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field, Mr Awe added workers would have known the pyramid was of historical value because it was a well-known structure with a pyramid mound standing 100 feet tall in a naturally flat area.”These guys knew that this was an ancient structure,” Mr Awe added.“It’s just bloody laziness.“It’s a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and insensitivity.”Local authorities said they have commenced an investigation into the incident and stressed criminal charges were possible.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more