Posts Tagged ‘archeologists’

  • Nazca Lines
    Nazca Lines
    At first look you will have many questions in you mind. Are they work for an ancient religion? Did the aliens from outer space make them? Was there a civilization on earth before the humans walked the planet? Well that is what these gigantic sketches drawn in the Nazca desert of western Peru and are known as Nazca Lines. The sketches number in hundreds and depict hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks or orcas, llamas, and lizards. During 200 BC and 700 AD an ancient pre-Inca civilization existed in the region and it is considered that the Nazca Lines were made by them. It is believed that this was a way they thought of communicating with the havens as the gods in the sky would be able to see them. The largest of these figures is over 270 meters longs. The total area encompassing the lines is over 500 square kilometers. The  [...]
    Posted at May 28th, 2009 at 03:05 am
  • Caracol … Place of Three Hills
    Caracol … Place of Three Hills
    If all Belize Mayan sites have to be ranked for there importance and grandeur then Caracol would be placed on top of the list. Caracol, or El Caracol as it is locally known lies in the foothills of Maya Mountains at an altitude of 1,500 feet. The city is surrounded by dense forest and lies on the Vaca Plateau. Caracol is one of the largest ancient Maya cities and covers an area of 65 square miles and at its peak had a population of over 2,00,000 people. Mayan settlers moved to Caracol around 1200 BC but the bulk of construction happened in between 300 AD and 800 AD. Archeologists have significant proof that the city attacked and conquered Tikal in 562 AD. Later the city also conquered Naranjo in AD 631. These two conquests boosted the military and economic might of the city and propelled population grown in the region. The main structure  [...]
    Posted at May 22nd, 2009 at 01:05 am
  • Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Lamanai….. City of Crocodiles
    Located on the banks for the New River Lagoon is the ancient ceremonial centre of Lamanai. The impressive Mayan ruins are the largest in Belize and the English translation of Lamanai means submerged crocodile. The city has one of the longest occupation span amongst all Mayan cities lasting over 3,000 years. The city is well engulfed by the forest and one has to climb on top of the temple pyramids to actually get a real picture of the surrounding landscape. Lamanai is also amongst the very few Mayan cities where the archeologists have uncovered the original name. It is believed that the occupation of the city started in 1500 BC, but the majority of the city construction started around 4th century BC and the Mayan’s occupied the city till 1600 AD. At its peak more then 35,000 Mayan’s lived in the city. Today much of the city remains  [...]
    Posted at May 21st, 2009 at 08:05 am
  • Teotihuacan… Where Men Become Gods
    Teotihuacan… Where Men Become Gods
    The mysterious city is located 30 miles north of Mexico City and at its peak around 600 AD it was the sixth largest city in the world. The archeologists have found that the city was far more advanced than any European city of its time. At its peak it is believed that the city had a population of over 250,000 people. The biggest mystery about the city is its history, culture and about the inhabitants. The city was later occupied by Toltec’s and later by Aztec’s who believed that the city was the origin of the Universe. Teotihuacan’s decline was almost as rapid as its rise to prominence. The city has a broad central avenue which is often referred as “Avenue of the Dead”.  The central avenue is flanked by Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon. The Pyramid of the Sun is the third largest Pyramid in the  [...]
    Posted at May 17th, 2009 at 12:05 am