Ancient Mayan resevoirs found in Uxul

Published on August 27th, 2010 | by Admin

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Archaeologists working in the Mayan city of Uxul have found two giant resevoirs which were capabale of holding the water of 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

An analysis of the so-called “aguadas” revealed the ancient Mayans lined these huge reservoirs of drinking water with ceramic shards, similar to outdoor pools today.

The lakes would have held enough water to support a population of 2,000 living in the Mayan city of Uxul during the three-month dry season, the researchers say.

“We found that the bottom, which is at a depth of 2 meters [6.6 feet], was covered with ceramic shards — probably from plates — practically without any gaps,” said Nicolaus Seefeld, a member of the German-Mexican archaeological team that made the discovery.

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