Facade of one of the Mayan cities recently discovered in a Mexican jungle. According to Ivan Sprajc, expedition leader, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the entrance represents the open jaws of an earth monster, a Maya earth deity related to fertility. Such doorways ‘symbolised the entrance to a cave and, in general, to the watery underworld. The place of the mythological origin of maize and the abode of the ancestors.’
Image credit Ivan Sprajc
April Holloway, writing for Ancient Origins, reports on the discovery and rediscovery of two ancient Maya cities –
In an amazing new discovery in the jungles of Mexico, archaeologists have uncovered two ancient Mayan cities, including ruined pyramid temples, palace remains, a monster mouth gateway, a ball court, altars, and other stone monuments, according to a new release by Discovery News. One of the cities had been found decades ago but all attempts to relocate it had failed. The other city was previously unknown and is a brand new discovery, shedding new light on the ancient Mayan civilization.