Ancient Mayan Structure Bulldozed By Road Crew

Pyramid destroyed to make road fill

   

mayan pyramid 300x199 Ancient Mayan Structure Bulldozed By Road CrewAn ancient Mayan pyramid in Belize was destroyed to create fill for a road.

The pyramid — which was built 2,300 years ago — was destroyed by workman with backhoes and bulldozers, CNN reports.

Made of local hand-carved limestone, the demolished bricks are prized for use as filler on local roads. The pyramid sat on private land so police are investigating whether to charge the workers with a crime.

In ancient times, the pyramid was the center of a large city with perhaps 40,000 people. It stood 65 feet high and was surrounded by other buildings and public works.

“This is one of the worst that I have seen in my entire 25 years of archaeology in Belize,” said John Morris, a local archaeologist. “We can’t salvage what has happened out here — it is an incredible display of ignorance.”

Work on the site has been halted after protests were raised. Scientists hope that something can be recovered from the ruins.

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