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Ruins of hidden Maya city, Chactun, unearthed in Mexico

Delila James | Science Recorder | June 22, 2013

Ruins of hidden Maya city, Chactun, unearthed in Mexico

An ancient Mayan city is unearthed.

Archeologists have discovered the remains of a large Maya city that was lost for centuries in the jungles of Mexico’s Yucutan peninsula. The site reportedly covers more than 54 acres and contains pyramids, plazas, ball courts, and upright stone slabs often bearing commemorative inscriptions, called stelae. Among the 15 pyramids found, one stands as high as 75 feet.

Located 75 miles due west of Chetumal in the southeastern region of the state of Campeche on the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, the newly found city has been named Chactun, meaning “Red Stone” or “Great Stone,” according to Discovery News.

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