Statue of the God Chac-Mool, located inside a chamber in the pyramid of Kukulcán in Chichén Itzá, Mexico

A Rogue Archaeologist, Atlantis, and the Chac-Mool

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In the late 1890s, as America was developing into an industrial heavyweight, its scientists and explorers were rediscovering Earth’s ancient past and charting forgotten civilizations around our planet. One of these explorers was Augustus Le Plongeon, a French American who, after reading the exploits of Stephens and Catherwood in Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan , set out to explore Mexico and the Maya cities on the Yucatan Peninsula.

The accomplished photographer and land surveyor, Augustus arrived in Mérida, Mexico (capital of Yucatan) in 1875, and together with his wife Alice made plans to visit a number of major Maya ruins.  Before they could go anywhere, an armed escort had to be arranged for protection against bandits, Maya rebels, and the Yucatecan Militia who were fighting a Caste War which had destabilized the area for a number of years. Although dangerous, they traveled to Uxmal and later Chichen Itza, and produced some of the earliest photographs of the buildings in these areas.

At Chichen Itza, Augustus had workers clear large portions of the central acropolis to better photograph the standing buildings. These images would later inspire a number of noted scientists including Edward Thompson, an American archaeologist, who, with the support of the Carnegie Institution conducted the first extensive excavations and consolidations of the ancient city.

Symbols and Hieroglyphs of Early Civilizations

Curious about the Maya language, Augustus had local teachers instruct him in the Yucatan Maya language to aid his research in understanding the decorative symbols and hieroglyphs that covered a number of buildings and murals. A high-level Freemason who had traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and Egypt, Le Plongeon believed the Dynastic Egyptians were influenced by early Maya explorers and people from Atlantis and wrote extensively about his theories.

Augustus Le Plongeon and laborers stand by a collection of sculptures close to the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, (1875.) Photo from ‘A Dream of Maya’ by Lawrence Gustave Desmond (Via Author)

Augustus Le Plongeon and laborers stand by a collection of sculptures close to the main pyramid at Chichen Itza, (1875.) Photo from ‘A Dream of Maya’ by Lawrence Gustave Desmond (Via Author)

In the 1890s and well into the early 1900s, before the introduction of carbon-14 dating techniques scientists were establishing the backgrounds of early civilizations through comparative analysis and believed the Maya’s Formative period was the same as the Christian era, roughly 1500 BC. Most of the prominent archaeologists at the time immediately wrote off Le Plongeon and discounted his work as sheer foolery. But Le Plongeon may have been on to something that we can only appreciate today.

Ancient Engineering: Star Constellations and Energy Alignments

The Maya revered their history and sanctified earlier generations. Noted pyramid complexes and buildings were constructed on the foundations and tops of existing architecture for the purpose of maintaining correct star constellation and energetic alignments. Today we have only a rudimentary understanding of why these practices were maintained, which centered on seasonal planting, harvesting, etc. But, recent research has uncovered a startling discovery!

The Maya applied a science, engineered into their pyramids, which collected and amplified natural earth-emitting, geomagnetic fields. John Burke, in his book, Seed of Knowledge, Stone of Plenty , measured these telluric fields (earth currents) and discovered that pyramid complexes were purposely designed and built over these vortexes. Obviously, the original Maya were technologically and scientifically advanced and over thousands of years developed a powerful and culturally rich civilization that influenced much of the ancient world.

The Great Antiquity of the Maya – Le Plongeon sits on the Chac-Mool sculpture that has been raised from a depth of over ten feet, at Chichen Itza. From ‘A Dream of Maya’. (Via author)

The Great Antiquity of the Maya – Le Plongeon sits on the Chac-Mool sculpture that has been raised from a depth of over ten feet, at Chichen Itza. From ‘A Dream of Maya’. (Via author)

Le Plongeon believed these early Maya formed the foundation for the people we have come to appreciate today and according to his interpretations, settled in present day Yucatan Mexico over 11,500 years ago. To protect relics from the past, the priests buried artifacts and important documents of those periods, including a large statue.

A Lost Figure From the Past

Through his decipherment of a door lintel in an old ruin at Chichen Itza, Le Plongeon learned that under ‘The Platform of the Eagles and the Jaguars’, a small pyramid-shaped building close to the main acropolis, he would find an important figure from the past.

With nothing more than tree branches and a few laborers, he dug down over 10 feet (three meters) and found a large statue of a reclining man. Carved from granite, and weighing close to 800 pounds (363 kg), the figure wears an unusual cap, with strange side panels covered with hieroglyphs that extend down over the ears. His head is turned 90 degrees from the front, and he supports himself on his elbows. With arms resting on the midsection, his hands hold a small round bowl. A number of archaeologists have assigned the figure to the Toltec culture found in Central Mexico as a similar reclining sculpture was discovered in Tula, their capital city. A large plate or insignia covers the upper half of the statue’s chest and is identical to those found on the massive standing sculptures at Tula on top of pyramid B.


The article states, "the Christian era, roughly 1500 BC (2,500 years ago.)"
Clearly, you can see what's wrong with this.

lizleafloor's picture

Thank you Trent for advising about the typo. It has been fixed.

No such thing. The author is simply an amateur with no archaeological training. Next! I trained for 7 years at University level including post-grad studies in Egyptology.

And still you know nothing more of our worlds history than before those 7 years.
So sad. Mainstream archaeology is its own worst enemy.

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