Ancient Mayan City Built on a Grid Probably Had a Powerful Ruler

An ancient Mayan city followed a unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler, archaeologists working in Petén, Guatemala have found.
The city, which contains flat-topped pyramids, was in use between roughly 600 B.C. and 300 B.C., a time when the first cities were being constructed in the area. Researchers say that no other city from the Maya world was planned using this grid design. Timothy Pugh, a professor at Queens College in New York said this city was "organized in a way we haven't seen in other places." From the mapping and excavations, Pugh can tell that the city's main ceremonial route runs in an east-west line only 3 degrees off of true east.



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