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2,300-year-old Maya temple destroyed for road fill

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Construction crews have demolished a 2,300-year-old Maya temple in Belize to use the stones in a road-building project.

“It’s a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity … they were using this for road fill,” Awe said. “It’s like being punched in the stomach, it’s just so horrendous.”

Nohmul was in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field, and lacked the even stone sides frequently seen in reconstructed or better-preserved pyramids. But Awe said the builders could not possibly have mistaken the pyramid mound, which is about 30 metres (100ft) tall, for a natural hill because the ruins were well known and the landscape there was naturally flat.

“These guys knew that this was an ancient structure. It’s just bloody laziness,” Awe said.

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Story: AP | Photo: Jaime Awe, AP

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