Huge settlements and “superhighways” discovered in early 2023 suggest we need to rethink our understanding of the Mayan civilization.
Researchers discovered a series of settlements thought to be at least 3,000-years-old deep under the vegetation in Guatemala using LiDAR technology back in early December. But the extent of these settlements is far greater than archeologists and researchers first imagined.
A study published in December suggested that the resulting map from the LiDAR study identified some 964 settlements, which were broken down into 417 interconnected Mayan towns, cities, and villages. More than 650-square-miles of Mayan civilizations have been uncovered, once thought lost under the endless regrowth of vegetation in the Americas.
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“They’re the world’s first superhighway system that we have,” the study’s lead author Richard Hansen told CNN. “What’s amazing about (the causeways) is that they unite all these cities together like a spiderweb … which forms one of the earliest and first state societies in the Western Hemisphere.” The extensive urbanization suggests that Mayan populations formed a “web of implied social, political, and economic interactions,” which likely included “strategies of governance,” given how complicated the civilization is now known to be.
While Hansen believes that the Maya didn’t have vehicles, or even horses and carts, there is absolutely no evidence to substantiate his claim. Further, there is no evidence to suggest that the Mayan didn’t have some other means of transport that we have chosen not to use in this current iteration of our development.
Regardless of Hansen’s claims, the discovery falls in line with extensive research and data gathered by Graham Hancock, who actively campaigns for the scientific community to do more to understand the lost parts of human civilization. As I learned in my own undergraduate degree, it can take less than a generation for nature to reclaim the parts of our world we’ve chosen to develop, it stands to reason that countless past civilizations have been forgotten to our past.
Thankfully, we don’t even have to dig to find many of these places. All that the scientific community needs is funding to support LiDAR research and other, non-intrusive analysis and exploration. (RELATED: Archeologists’ Findings Prove We Need To Rewrite Human History)
From here, determining the true degree of our historical development truly depends on how open-minded researchers and those running the cartel of Big Archaeology really want to be. While it’s a lot nicer to think that our species has never collapsed in its entirety before, new revelations from the Mayan civilization should make us think more carefully about our vulnerable place at this moment in our social, geological, and geographical history.