The Palace at Sayil, a Maya city on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Heavily damaged by ancient floods, complete reconstruction is impossible because of scattered stoneworks.

The Maya Controversy: Startling New Evidence for an Antediluvian People who Influenced the World


The oral traditions of Native Americans are historical content that most academics refuse to reference, even in the face of startlingly accurate perceptions of early earth conditions and human occupation.  This is most apparent from an anthropological perspective when we seek to understand the great antiquity of the Maya, one of the most misunderstood and thought-provoking cultures from Central America.

What little we do know about the early Maya comes from the Spanish, the few sacred books (codices) that were spared in the genocide, and recent decipherment of stela (standing stone markers.) Arriving in the New World seeking gold and new lands for the monarchy, the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors described the ruins of magnificent cities, strange observatories for scanning the heavens, and pyramid complexes abandoned years earlier. In their ignorance, the Catholic priests who made the cross-Atlantic journey murdered anyone who resisted religious conversion, and in what can only be described as acts against humanity, destroyed or burnt all references to the Mayan past, including codices, technical manuals, and volumes of scientific research perhaps thousands of years old.

The Magnificent Maya

Who were the Maya, a scientifically advanced civilization that seemed to have magically arrived in Central America?  We now know the Maya are one of the earliest established people in the Americas, arriving thousands of years before the Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec and other peoples. What we don’t know is how early they arrived, and from where.

Recent dating at El Mirador, home of the La Dante pyramid complex in Guatemala, the largest in the Americas, reveals a date of 2,700 BC. But there are a number of odd facts about the Maya which are curious to consider. In many of their large and well-designed cities, the earliest and most magnificent architecture is the most sophisticated. The largest pyramids using the heaviest quarried stones and complex engineering are the oldest. It’s as if the Maya arrived at each location, (Copan, Tikal, Chichen Itza, El Mirador) with thousands of years of science and engineering prowess already intact. Or did they inherit their skills?

Dr. Richard Hansen, noted archeologist and director of the El Mirador Basin Project, has studied the Maya for most of his adult life and has come to a number of critical conclusions which shed light on the antiquity of these fascinating people.

First and foremost, the Olmec were contemporaries of the Maya and not the mother culture we’ve been led to understand. Hansen also believes that the Maya may have been the ultimate demise of the Olmec. There is evidence that the Maya, through various military campaigns, destroyed their cities, most notably, La Venta.

Evidence of Central American Tsunamis and Ancient Floods

In a new geological study on surface features covering the Yucatan Peninsula, scientists have uncovered evidence of ancient tsunamis which passed inland as recently as 1,500 years ago and may have continually come inland thousands of years earlier. The destructive force of these 20-to-50-foot-tall (six to 15 meters tall) tidal waves was enough to topple buildings and drown anyone in their path.

During my first visit to Yucatan in 1995, I discovered evidence of water damage to buildings, statues and massive destruction throughout much of the peninsula. Today, this evidence is still apparent at most of the noted ruins, including Chichen Itza, Coba, Uxmal and smaller cities scattered across northern Yucatan. When you take a multidisciplinary scientific approach to Maya building and construction techniques, you discover a civilization that conceived and engineered entire cities with a high level of precision, similar to early Roman architectural design throughout Europe. American forensic engineer, Jim O’Kon has spent over 40 years uncovering the genius of Maya engineering and discovered that versatile cement, vaulted ceilings, and roads were all conceived to withstand the elements and last for centuries with a minimum of maintenance.

Column sculpture from the Merida Museum, Yucatan Mexico. Notice the heavy pitting and holes caused by erosion, likely caused from the corrosive action of sea water. (Photo: Cliff Dunning)

Column sculpture from the Merida Museum, Yucatan Mexico. Notice the heavy pitting and holes caused by erosion, likely caused from the corrosive action of sea water. (Photo: Cliff Dunning)

I was startled at the appearance of pyramids, ball-courts, and acropolises reduced to hills of stones, entire complexes buried underground, and buildings heavily damaged by the force of powerful waves and undercurrents. This is also evidenced in the early photos that were taken as Maya cities were excavated, consolidated, and reconstructed. Local museums are filled with artifacts and stone sculptures damaged by the corrosive action of salt water and the added pressure of being under huge volumes of water for long periods of time.

An example of the destructive force of water is apparent at Sayil, a beautiful city on the Gulf Coast of the Peninsula, about 115 kilometers (72 miles) south of Merida, the capital city of Yucatan. The main acropolis is highlighted by a large, ornately designed palace noted for its multi-tiered and columned Puuc style architecture. Standing at the entranceway, to the onlooker the palace appears to have undergone a horrific event—most likely, the powerful action of tsunami waves pounding the building with terrific force. Large volumes of building stones have been pushed down and lay scattered in piles across the top and sides of the architecture, leaving the building heavily damaged. The severity of this erosion is such that excavation teams have been unable to reconstruct large sections of the palace, and as noted, at most of the other neighboring cities, stones are left where there fell.

Sayil, Yucatan Mexico. Maya Elder Hunbatz Men points to a symbol for great age on the door frame of a building partially sunk in the ground. This area was deluged by flooding and perhaps tsunamis. (Photo: Cliff Dunning)

Sayil, Yucatan Mexico. Maya Elder Hunbatz Men points to a symbol for great age on the door frame of a building partially sunk in the ground. This area was deluged by flooding and perhaps tsunamis. (Photo: Cliff Dunning)

Sayil is a good example of how a river of receding water has left its mark. Early photos show the path of a river created by receding water as it flowed across the top of the palace in what can only be imagined as significant water movement. A short distance away, a number of buildings are partially buried in the ground (a curious state that archeologists seem to have missed.) Also striking are the images taken by early explorers (most notably Augustus Le Plongeon in the 1890s) of buildings with large quantities of stones and debris piled high around the main acropolis at Uxmal and Chichen Itza. As the water receded, heavy sediment and stones made their way into the interior and exterior of buildings where they laid to rest.  

The remains of building complexes underwater on the Yucatan Peninsula. The corrosive action of salt water on limestone may have reduced these structures down to their foundations. (Image: Google Earth Pro. Google Earth, 2017)

The remains of building complexes underwater on the Yucatan Peninsula. The corrosive action of salt water on limestone may have reduced these structures down to their foundations. (Image: Google Earth Pro. Google Earth, 2017)

Baylands off the coast of Campeche, Yucatan Mexico, show the remains of a Sacbe and partially hidden Maya ruin. (Photo courtesy of Angela Micol, Satellite Archeaology).

Baylands off the coast of Campeche, Yucatan Mexico, show the remains of a Sacbe and partially hidden Maya ruin. (Photo courtesy of Angela Micol, Satellite Archeaology).

How ancient these Maya cities are is anyone’s guess— but new evidence now shows these people to be fantastically old. With the advent of powerful satellite imaging technology, we can follow the path of white roads known as Sacbes which run for miles in all directions.

Sacbes: the White Roads, and Clues to the Antiquity of the Maya

We now have good evidence for mega flooding up and down the West Coast of the United States following the Younger Dryas asteroid catastrophe approximately 10 – 12,000 years ago. Geologist Harken Bretz first described these massive mega-floods in the 1920s, which carved huge valleys and waterways in Washington State and northern Oregon, and which was later validated by geologists around the country. Catastrophist Randall Carlson believes there were similar mega-floods around the U.S. as a result of this impact, and the following increase in atmospheric temperatures. Climatologists have confirmed that Earth’s temperatures rose sharply following the impact, which melted large portions of the polar ice caps, resulting in a sharp rise in sea levels and floods.

These mega-floods destroyed everything in their path, including civilizations throughout the Americas. The Zuni, Lakota, and Maya describe this period in their history and the terrible conditions their ancestors endured following the deluge. Thankfully, by studying the path of sacbes and with the help of modern satellite technology we can discover what can be only described as near-terminating flood events which befell the inhabitants of the Americas.

First described by archaeologists in the 1920s as an engineering marvel, the sacbe is the equivalent to our modern highway, connecting cities for hundreds of miles, and ranging in size from 10 feet to up to 25 feet wide (three to 7.6 meters wide). Designed to withstand most elements, these white roads carried people and facilitated commerce, and have lasted for centuries with little or no maintenance. Composed of a rock substructure, mortar, retaining walls, and concrete as a paving surface, they crisscross most of the major Maya cities and are visible from planes and satellites.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. A Maya Sacbe, (white way or road) about 30 feet underwater. (Photo courtesy of Angela Micol, Satellite Archeaology.)

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. A Maya Sacbe, (white way or road) about 30 feet underwater. (Photo courtesy of Angela Micol, Satellite Archeaology.)

A group of Sacbes on land and passing into the ocean. Sacbes were designed to interlace with cities. Made from mortar and concrete and supported by retaining walls, their path has remained undisturbed for thousands of years. (Image: Google Earth Pro. Google Earth, 2017)

A group of Sacbes on land and passing into the ocean. Sacbes were designed to interlace with cities. Made from mortar and concrete and supported by retaining walls, their path has remained undisturbed for thousands of years. (Image: Google Earth Pro. Google Earth, 2017)

Using satellite imagery we can see that large portions of the Peninsula are now underwater and many of these roads run from the land into the ocean and disappear under the depths, or they follow a bee-line to the remains of ruined cities. Satellite Image Specialist Angela Micol, host of Satellite Archeology Research Society has uncovered hundreds of images of sacbes running deep underwater, just below the surface. New research is needed to seek out and confirm the actual size of these ocean-based ruins, but the evidence is clear; they lead to the remains of Maya cities that are likely to return dates of roughly 9,000 to 12,000 years old, and are evidence of advanced people who could have succumbed to the Younger Dryas catastrophe.

A Sacbe leads to Labna, a Maya city on the Yucatan Peninsula. (Photo: Mexique © Voyagevirtuel.info)

A Sacbe leads to Labna, a Maya city on the Yucatan Peninsula. (Photo: Mexique © Voyagevirtuel.info)

Notes for consideration: In a previous article, “Atlantis Unearthed”, I speculate on the remains of pyramid complexes and other buildings under the ocean near Bimini Island. I now believe there is a connection between the people that designed these buildings and the Yucatan Maya of present-day Mexico. This has profound ramifications for Earth’s ancient history, and as I’ve reported on my podcast Earth Ancients – this shows the Maya may have been a global people who influenced other cultures.

Cliff Dunning is an archeo-investigator, author, and host of the popular History podcast, Earth Ancients: Startling New Discoveries from our Planets Distant Past. | www.earthancients.com

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Top Image: The Palace at Sayil, a Maya city on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Heavily damaged by ancient floods, complete reconstruction is impossible because of scattered stoneworks. (Photo: Cliff Dunning) Deriv.

By Cliff Dunning

References

Jim O’Kon. The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology, New Page Books

Angela Micol, 2017. Satellite Archaeology [Online] Available at:  https://www.satellitearchaeology.com/

Dr. Richard Hansen, 2010. Mirador Basin Project [Online] Available at:  https://www.miradorbasin.com/about/rhansen.php

University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015. ‘Evidence indicates Yucatan Peninsula hit by Tsunami 1,500 years ago’. Phys.org [Online] Available at: https://phys.org/news/2015-03-evidence-yucatan-peninsula-tsunami-years.html

Harken Bretz, 2008. ‘The Ice Age Floods Mystery’ [Online] Available at: http://hugefloods.com/Mystery.html

Google Earth Pro, 2017. [Online] Available at: http://www.earth.google.com

Comments

AintGottaClue's picture

These roads required a tremendous effort and a lot of resources!! I doubt they built them for funsies! It would appear that the Mayan civilization was considerably larger, more complex, and much older, than previously thought. Mayan history appears to be in need of much more research! I would also say the possible connection between the Maya and the Egyptians could stand a bit more investigating.

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

Aintgottaclue, you might want to look up the work of Augustus Le Plongeon, a 19th century Maya researcher who had some interesting theories.

That's a really good article. There is a lot of evidence that these civilizations were built on top of earlier ones.

AintGottaClue's picture

With the tools available to the modern day archaeologists, if they choose to use them, the entire history of the world pre-AD, could likely now be rewritten. In South America, in particular, the "jungles" can no longer hide their treasures. LIDAR, terrain mapping, photo-imaging and analysis, infra-red/ultra-violet scanning, ground penetrating radar, satellite imaging throughout the spectrum......IF, and I repeat, IF, a concentrated effort were put forth, we now have the ability to learn a hundred times as much as all previous research combined. The discovery of these roads is a good example....can you imagine the tremendous effort it took to build these roads? Can you imagine how long it took to construct them? It is becoming obvious that South American civilization is much older, much more extensive, and much better organized than previously thought. Sooner or later, all of South American history is going to have to be rewritten and brought up to date....the accumulation of evidence for a much different "historical analysis" is becoming too hard even for the "conventional academics" to ignore. And in reality, this is taking place world-wide....all of "pre-history" is now subject to being revamped. We are discovering just how much more complex these "ancient civilizations" were, than previously assumed or thought to be.

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

When I was a student in secondary school, I got once got a prize book about human prehistory. I think it mentioned the theories of one Lord Carrington. Its drawings showed apelike, primitive creatures huddling around a fire.

This was about the extent of what they were trying to make us believe.

AintGottaClue's picture

Le Plongeon was a proponent of the Mayans predating the Egyptian civilization. That theory was 'discounted" after dating methods were developed that showed the Egyptian civilization to be older than the Mayan areas LePlongeon had explored. NOW, however, with the discoveries of NEW, OLDER, Mayan cities, and the conclusions that the Mayans were contemporaries of Olmecs (if not actually predating them as well), the question of just "when" Mayan civilization actually began is back up in the air. I don't know who predated who, but the question could certainly stand further investigation! Particularly now that it appears S. American civilization may stretch back to nearly 5,000 BC in its "advanced form." And that there is SOME connection between Mayan and Egyptian civilizations is pretty much taken for granted these days, and the real question there is, "who actually influenced who?"

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

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Given the anomalous finds in archaeology, a picture emerges of multiple origins and demises of civilization over a period of better than a million years. The most "recent" emergence of modern type civilization appears to date from perhaps 12-14,000 BC. It might be suggested that a few "survivors" from these civilizations carried on as best they could until building up in numbers sufficient to form large "villages, or even cities," and the beginning of larger scale civilization once again. With regard to the most recent emergence of civilization, you also have the problem of most being "full blown civilizations," with advanced knowledge (such as the Sumerian civilization, for one example), and with no explanation from conventional historians as to how that advanced knowledge was acquired. How does one go from the "primitive," to "full blown, modernistic, civilization," with no intermediate steps visible in the archaeological record? Using the Sumerians for an example, they had it all...from A - Z. Agriculture, animal husbandry, construction engineering, professional castes from bakers to jewelers, religion, sophisticated government and laws, science and mathematics, schools, a complete "modernistic," full blown civilization, that even the conventional historians are forced to admit they have no clue WHERE they came from, or HOW they acquired all this knowledge. There are, of course, other examples, as well, notably in South America, and Northwestern India. The "alien intervention" theories seem to form the only realistic explanation as to how all this knowledge was acquired literally "overnight." With the revival of the Rh Negative blood factor controversy, it also appears there is a good possibility that small groups of people were subject to deliberate genetic manipulation by those same "aliens." Whether any of the conventional historians like it or not, the "alien intervention" theory is the ONLY theory set forth (at least so far) that offers a rational, logical argument for this sudden appearance of full blown civilization in various parts of the world in the same time frame.

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

You make a lot of sense.

Fascinating reading. Read the book "1491"

From Egyptian to Indus Valley to Mayan civilisations, we need to study their materials to understand the depth of their science.

AintGottaClue's picture

I believe more attention should also be paid to their "legends," as nearly all legends have a core of factual truth in them. The "legend" didn't just spring from their imagination completely....something had to touch it off in order for them to even think about it in the first place.

History is nowhere near as well known as we think it is.

This appears to be a very interesting site which touches on many of my interest. I look forward to exploring it in greater detail in the future.

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