From the Washington Post: Maya Pyramid Bulldozed in Belize by Construction Company


The Washington Post article is here:  Road-builder bulldozes one of biggest Maya pyramids in Belize; police open criminal probe

A quote from the head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, as written in the article:

“Just to realize that the ancient Maya acquired all this building material to erect these buildings, using nothing more than stone tools and quarried the stone, and carried this material on their heads, using tump lines,” said Awe. “To think that today we have modern equipment, that you can go and excavate in a quarry anywhere, but that this company would completely disregard that and completely destroyed this building. Why can’t these people just go and quarry somewhere that has no cultural significance? It’s mind-boggling.”

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15 Responses to From the Washington Post: Maya Pyramid Bulldozed in Belize by Construction Company

  1. itwasjudith says:

    whaaat? this is pure madness!

  2. Trapper Gale says:

    This is just so… sad. One more piece of history – gone.

  3. Gypsy Bev says:

    While I liked your post, I didn’t like the fact that they were destroying a bit of history. My first reaction was, “Oh, no.” Pyramid construction is a bit of history that fascinates and puzzles me.

    • Pyramid construction has always fascinated me too! I love how people are always amazed at how they were built without modern technology. What we do with cranes, etc., they just did with lots (and lots) of people and pure muscle.

  4. Kelly M says:

    This is an unfortunate reality in certain parts of the world, particularly in developing countries. Economic development takes precedent over the preservation of ancient sites and structures and it’s hard to convince people that cultural heritage should be protected when a new road, building or town might bring some prosperity to the region or make their lives a bit easier.

    Nevertheless, it’s still sad to hear that this pyramid is no more… 😦

    • A well-stated point Kelly! It’s hard not to agree with them! The survival of modern people has to come before that of those who are already dead. I think it’s just a matter of making sure that the motivation truly is economic improvement, rather than the fact that many underdeveloped countries also suffer from corruption and non-existent government infrastructure to catch companies that do this.

      Btw: love your blog! 🙂

  5. The quote from the expert in Belize says it all …mind boggling!

  6. Nyx says:

    Reblogged this on Adequacy and commented:
    Not as uncommon as you might think…

  7. So depressing. It is shocking that something took blood sweat + tears to create, survived for so long + could be destroyed in a matter of hours. My mother’s family in Japan had a house that has been in the family for at least 200 years. It had been passed down to the wrong hands (long story) + in one generation it is gone.

    • So true. I find it amazing that buildings can last for so long. I’m used to living in 21st century North America, where we tend to think a condo is old after 10 years. The fact that your family had the same house for 200 years is incredible. It must have been hard to see it gone.

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