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The city in the trees: Palenque

By Brian Rogers | 3 Comments » January 14th, 2008

After centuries of abandonment, the “Land of Strong Houses” was re-discovered under a thick tropical forest in the late 1500’s by a Spanish priest in what is today the state of Chiapas. Years later the ancient city was excavated by archaeologists to reveal towering pyramids, aqueducts, and bas-relief carvings—all constructed without metal tools or the invention of the wheel. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque in today’s photo gallery…

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3 Responses to “The city in the trees: Palenque”

  1. Smellizzari Says:

    Ancient ruins are fascinating. I remember when I saw Machu Picchu for the first time, chills ran through my body. It was as though we could feel the presence of the Incas watching over their sacred land.

    You said that 95% of the ruins are still buried in the forest – are there plans to excavate these as well?

  2. Brian Says:

    There seems to be no hurry to excavate more of the ruins at Palenque. The government makes a good deal of money from tourism to the site and has no real incentive to dig up more. Not until some renewed academic interest, I imagine, will there be any more digging.

  3. Donna Says:

    This is my favorite spot so far. I also LOVE the sunsets… so keep those pics coming.

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