3 Previously Unknown Pyramids, Lost Tombs, and Precious Maya Artifacts Discovered by Experts

A group of researchers has discovered three pyramids previously unknown to researchers just outside the city of Witzna in northern Guatemala.

The images of the pyramids, as well as artifacts discovered inside the tombs hidden for more than 1,500 years, are set to be revealed in a National Geographic TV series.

Archeologists exploring the ancient Maya Kingdom have come across the remains of a queen, ancient ceremonial artifacts, and the sacrificed remains of a child’s skull.

Laser Scans revealed the ancient structures that have remained hidden from sight for thousands of years.

Among further discoveries revealed in a new National Geographic TV show, researchers discovered a skull inside an underground, submerged cave which was most likely used as an incense burner.

Insight into ancient Maya structures as well as previously unknown pyramids is set to be revealed in the TV series.

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Experts have revealed that LiDAR technology has helped them prove that the ancient Maya civilization existed on a far larger scale than previously thought. In fact, LiDAR scans have already revealed more than 60,00 ancient Maya structures deep inside dense Guatemalan Jungles.

A LiDAR scan showing a vast Maya city. Image credit: PACUNAM
A LiDAR scan showing a vast Maya city. Image credit: PACUNAM

The new findings made by archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli of Tulane University and his colleagues in Holmul an ancient city in northern Guatemala are astonishing.

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There, reachers excavated the floor of a palace throne room finding two different sets of remains, the Guardian reports.

One of them belonged to a woman, and most likely queen, while the second remains belonged to a man, who may have been the King.

“We are quite confident [the male] is the king because we have this big vase with the name of a very important king from a nearby city that controlled this one,” said Estrada-Belli.

“No one other than a king or queen would have possession of that kind of [item].”

In previous archeological excavation, researchers recovered artifacts that pointed towards Mayan Royalty.

Furthermore, the archeologists also discovered a vase which was a ceremonial pot for drinking chocolate.

“We know that the warriors and the high elite enjoyed different kinds of chocolate drink. This one, according to an inscription on the vase, is a maize gruel chocolate drink,” said Estrada-Bell.

“We know from many references elsewhere that on certain important occasions a king would invite his allies and his under-lords and would have some of these vases made for himself and then he would donate them to his closest allies. We think this is why this individual, who is definitely not the person named on the vase, got to have it.”

One of the recently discovered pyramids was built on top of a huge hill. Experts found the monument’s top to have been badly burnt.

Lost Treasures of the Maya starts on Sunday 5 May on National Geographic.