Ancient Mayan temple bulldozed for gravel
One of twelve ancient Mayan temples under protection of the National Institute of Archaeology in Belize has been bulldozed by contractors who wanted to use the limestone to make a road.
The temple was 2,300 years old, one of 81 ancient mayan temples in Belize but one of the larger and more significant under protection of the Institute.
“There was massive destruction and there’s very little we can do about it now,” said John Morris, Institute director. “There is absolutely no way that they would not know that these are Maya mounds,” he continued.
Apparently a witness who saw the temple being bulldozed was chased out of the woods by a man with a machete before returning with cops to have the operation shut down.
“It is incredible that someone would actually have the gall to destroy this building out here,” Morris concluded.
Archaeologists said this incident was not the first of its kind—ruins are routinely plundered for ill-conceived reasons (as we know well from the Indiana Jones franchise) but this was most significant and egregious in recent memory.