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

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The oral traditions of Native Americans are historical content that most academics refuse to reference, even in the face of startlingly accurate perceptions of early earth conditions and human occupation.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.

Comments

You make a lot of sense.

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.

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.

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.

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