Mayan Ruins Mined for Road Fill


Archeologists discovered in May that a construction company had bulldozed 2,300-year-old Mayan ruins in northern Belize — simply to mine the rocks for road fill to build a highway. A researcher said it could hardly have been an accident, for the ruins were 100 feet high in an otherwise flat landscape, and a Tulane University anthropologist estimated that Mayan ruins are being mined for road fill an average of once a day in their ancient habitats. Said another anthropologist, to realize that Mayans created these structures using only stone tools and then carried these materials on their heads to build them — and then that bulldozers can almost instantly destroy them — is "mind-boggling."

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