A mayan city lost that collapsed inside the crater of a volcano has been explored by a team of archaeologistsin the Late Preclassic period (400 BC to 250 AD) there was a prosperous Mayan city made up of temples, houses and plazas, in the middle of the volcanic lake atitlan.
El Atitlán, located in the highlands of Guatemalais located inside a carter volcano more than 5,000 feet above sea level.
Remains of a complex Mayan city
An international team of archaeologists has investigated the Mayan city of #Samabajwhose remains are found under the waters of Lake Atitlán, in #Guatemala and that it was abandoned around the year 200 AD https://t.co/iDFb7djGQG pic.twitter.com/6NWZU8IUvy
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April 24, 2022
A catastrophic event, believed by experts to have been caused by some form of volcanic activity, caused the city to collapse from below, forcing the Mayans to flee.
The city sank deep within Atitlán and is now between 39 and 65 feet below its surface, according to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology.
The lost city has now been explored by a team of archaeologists, led by the head of the Yucatan Peninsula Office at the National Institute of Anthropology, Helena Barba Meinecke. Its objective was to raise awareness of the importance of the city for the indigenous communities of the region and to promote its conservation.
During the dives, archaeologists discovered remains of buildings, columns, ceremonial stones and other structures. From these findings, they were able to generate a planimetric map of the city.
The INAH participates in the exploration of a submerged Mayan city in Lake Atitlán, in Guatemala. Dr. Helena Barra, deputy director of underwater archeology at INAH, tells us more about this exploration. #Nmore17 with @Elizabeth_Cano_ Y @alejandrogodi01 pic.twitter.com/cBNVWq8mpN
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April 9, 2022
The archaeologists also collected silt samples from the lake to assess the dynamics of the site and measure its deterioration over time. The exploration also laid the “groundwork” for a cultural center, which will allow people to explore the site virtually.
The Mayan civilization was an indigenous society that spread across what is now Mexico and Central America. The first settlements of the Mayan civilization were formed during the Preclassic period. The civilization prospered for 3,000 years until it mysteriously disappeared. Towards the end of the 9th century, the cities were gradually abandoned one by one.
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