The desecration of Mayan heritage sites by so-called scientists continues in Guatemala, and the invaders just released a video to trumpet their “rediscovery” of the ancient Mayan Temple of the Night Sun near the town of El Zotz.
The interlopers will rediscover their fight or flight reactions on December 21 when they come face-to-face with the reincarnated spirit of Chak, who was once the King of El Zotz. The crew is currently looting Chak’s tomb.
Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar.
Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya.
Unlike the relatively centralized Aztec and Inca empires, the Maya civilization — which spanned much of what are now Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico’s Yucatán region — was a loose aggregation of city-states.
“This has been a growing awareness to us since the 1990s, when it became clear that a few kingdoms were more important than others,” said Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston, who announced the discovery of the new temple Thursday.
El Zotz, in what’s now Guatemala, was one of the smaller kingdoms, but one apparently bent on making a big impression.