Mayan pyramid that dates back to pre-Columbian times is bulldozed by Belize construction crew.
The BBC reports that officials in Belize say a construction company has destroyed one of the country’s largest Mayan pyramids.
The Head of the Belizean Institute of Archaelogy, Jaime Awe said the Noh Mul temple was levelled by a road-building company seeking gravel for road filler. Only a small section of the pyramid has been left standing.
The Mayan temple is estimated to be 2,300 years old and dates back to pre-Columbian times.
Dr John Morris of the Belizean Institute of Archaelogy said the workers would have known what they were doing and the significance of this pyramid.
“It is incredible that someone would actually have the gall to destroy this building out here,” he told local TV channel News 7.
“There is absolutely no way that they would not know that these are Maya mounds,” he said about the ancient structure.
Police said they are investigating the incident and prosecutors said they were considering bringing criminal charges against the construction company.
Read full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22521669
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