Archeologists have unearthed two ancient Mayan cities deep within the Mexican jungle in the south east of Campeche in the Yucatan. Completely hidden from view for centuries beneath dense vegetation, it was aerial photography which helped to locate the incredible sites. Ivan Sprajc from the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Research Center led the expedition and was amazed to find a huge amount of previously undiscovered remains around Chactun, another Mayan city which was discovered in 2013.
These two newly discovered sites are thought to date from around 600 – 1000 A.D. Interestingly they had been discovered previously in the 1970's by the American archeologist Eric Von Euw however the exact location had become lost in the mists of time. Take a look at the photos below and marvel at this ancient site.
The team of archeologists worked tirelessly to locate the sites.
One city had an awesome entrance which represented an earth monster with open jaws.
This stone has an inscription which tells that it was engraved on Nov. 29, 711 A.D. The remaining text however is very eroded and undecipherable as a result.
Over 30 of these bottle-shaped underground chambers or chultuns for collecting rainwater were found at the site. Some of the chambers went as deep at 13 meters which was considered unusual by the archaeology team.
This pyramid was over 65 feet high.
10 stelae (tall sculpted stones) and three low circular stone altars were found. Interestingly they all featured inscriptions and reliefs which were very well preserved.
Part of the city of Tamchen which means "deep well".