Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Šprajc is behind discovery of three significant ruins in the remote jungles of the Yucatán peninsula. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 3 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 2 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica.

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Although the lintel over the doorway is now missing, the remaining parts of the facade are well preserved, including the monster’s fangs and eyes one still topped by a wooden lintel. Stereoscopic examination of aerial photographs has been more helpful, revealing structures and regular shapes, as well as old overgrown paths the team reopen.

Initial efforts to use satellite images proved fruitless, with even known sites with ivvan coordinates indistinguishable beneath the forest.

Hacking pathways through the Mexican jungle with machetes is exhausting. Keeping a constant eye out for deadly snakes can be nerve-racking. With the funding we have secured, we should be able to ground-truth some of the most significant areas spgajc archaeological remains. Sections of this page.

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More on this story. Ob moji malenkosti je zaigral danes izjemni poznavalec kulture Majev dr. However, recent discoveries by Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Sprajc have revealed glimpses of a vast and ancient civilization that spawned far more than a few doomsday prophecies. Email or Phone Password Forgot account?

I trust we will find exciting things We are continuing our fieldwork and have interesting findings, but I do not have time right now to organize and present the information. Sprajc, an associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, began looking for ancient Mayan cities in Next year we will be in field from mid-March to the end of May or early June, to take advantage of the dry season. He has never published his findings and nobody knew exactly where the place was; only his drawings, kept in the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, were known, allowing us to identify the site.


But those who read German can check another review of my book: When we get to the site it feels like a big victory, like we’ve done it. I am so happy that Slovenians will contribute Twice, he says, he has stumbled across jaguars.

Even so, it takes practice to distinguish between what might be a lost city and what might be a big disappointment. Skip to main content. It appears that, by the Late and Terminal Classic, the whole landscape was thoroughly modified and exploited for agricultural purposes and water management, as attested by modified aguadas, canals, terraces, ridges and boundary walls.

Already, he says, obviously modified monuments and unusual finds in the newly discovered cities suggest they might one day be the centre of new ideas about what happened to the Maya in those key centuries. Most structures exhibit crude masonry with large stone blocks, but fine stone f Many buildings and architectural assemblages have uncommon configuration. Additionally, at each site, researchers discovered buildings resembling pyramids and plazas, with the tallest pyramid measuring about 65 feet high.

However, any additional donation, allowing us to extend our fieldwork, may lead to more exciting findings and to the achievement of more comprehensive and meaningful results.

For those interested in archaeoastronomy, my article “Astronomy, Architecture, and Landscape in Mesoamerica” Journal of Archaeological Research has just been published online: Hong Kong welcomes withwatching sprajcc show.

On several occasions we’ve had two, three weeks of just cutting through the bush to get to some location, without knowing what we would find.

Lagunita, the iavn site, has an impressive monster mouth facade on one of the buildings, representing an earth god related with fertility. Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc braves jungle to find lost Mayan cities.

When he moved his explorations west into the Calakmul reserve things got more complicated. As thick tangles of vine fall beneath his blade, he pushes into a clearing, then suddenly spraajc back. A recently published article is freely available for anyone interested in Mesoamerican archaeoastronomy: Poisonous snakes are more ubiquitous, he said, as well as the insects that transmit parasitic diseases.


Evidently, the area is characterized by a number of peculiarities, and further surprises are expected in the following days perhaps another crocodile finding shelter in a collapsed building….

Why hairy crab is all the craze in China Oct 18th4: This site is using the Seo Wizard plugin developed by. In general, there are many cases of structural modifications and reset monuments.

Ivan Sprajc, the “Real Life Indiana Jones”, On the Hunt For Lost Mayan Cities In Mexico

The stelae were originally painted, and some of the red pigment remains. Over the years he has got used to dealing with the dangers of being in the jungle during the hectic four-month window for exploration offered by the dry season between March and June. In an age where we are able to find out more and more about our pasts, it is interesting to realize that the Mayans, outside of their apocalyptic connotations, are still a mystery to us.

Different kinds of vehicles have been used, in order to maximize the efficiency of our work. Shanghai dumplings made the old fashioned way Sep 20th Once a puma was within a few metres.

We will check the most representative areas in field during the next two years. Americas Archaeology Slovenia Europe Heritage news. He has found the lost city of Lagunita. By the year AD, practically every Mayan settlement had been abandoned.

Sprajc said that obviously modified monuments and unusual finds in the newly discovered cities suggested they might one day be the centre of new ideas about what happened to the Maya. Initial efforts to use satellite images proved fruitless, with even known sites with clear coordinates indistinguishable beneath the forest. He is not in the least proprietary about what he discovers, preferring to let other research teams dive in to the sites he has found to slowly excavate, catalogue and analyze what he finds.