Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of Mayan artifacts

Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of Mayan artifacts

Archaeologists have discovered a treasure trove of Mayan artefacts

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UC San Diego researchers have unearthed thousands of Mayan artifacts in the Vista Alegre and Conil areas on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The study was published in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archeology.

Scientists say Vista Alegre was once a bustling trading port. Up to 40 platforms were discovered in the area, which served as the foundation for buildings. The largest of these is a pyramidal structure about 13 meters high and probably served as a temple or a viewing platform for observing the sea.

Researchers have also found food remains that speak about the diet of the locals , and tens of thousands of artifacts. So, a lot of pottery and hundreds of pieces of obsidian were found. This indicates that the ancient Maya were involved in marine trade with other peoples.

Earlier, archaeologists found out that the ancient Maya used resin and bitumen to fill teeth and fix jewelry.

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Prepared by: Sergey Daga