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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 02:49 AM

The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle

FROM THE MAR 2019 ISSUE

From massive fortresses to sprawling suburbs, a bold new vision of the vanished Maya civilization takes shape.
By Nathaniel Scharping|Thursday, February 07, 2019



In Guatemala’s Tikal, only the peaks of monuments rise above the forest. But lidar scans reveal a complex landscape beneath the foliage.
Top: Matthias Kestel/Shutterstock. Bottom: Francisco Estrada-Belli/PACUNAM
Thomas Garrison pauses in the middle of the jungle.

“That’s the causeway right there,” he says, pointing into a random patch of greenery in the Guatemalan lowlands.

I squint, trying to make out features in the tangled rainforest undergrowth. There’s a small lump, rising no more than a foot or two from the forest floor.

The Ithaca College archaeologist has spotted the buried remnants of a Maya road, a ribbon of limestone that once cut through the wrinkled landscape. We’re a full day’s walk from civilization, standing in the remains of a once-populous kingdom. The road before us is just one piece of a vast network leading to terraced fields, reservoirs, defensive fortifications and more, all sprawling invisibly throughout the forest.

In the 1,000-plus years since the Maya society collapsed, the jungle has returned with a vengeance. A tide of flora has swallowed up roads and temples, turning stone structures into lumps and mounds indistinguishable from the natural topography.

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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:35 AM

1. Showing up in Seattle

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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:44 AM

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