Archaeologists explain the origin of the pyramids in Central America

Archaeologists explain the origin of the pyramids in Central America
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Scientists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) have put forward a hypothesis about the origin of pyramids in Mesoamerica. A brief report on the study is published on the organization's website.

Experts have suggested that the inhabitants of pre-Hispanic Central America imitated mountains. At the same time, they not only imitated nature, such as the shape of volcanoes, but also attached sacred meaning to the pyramids. Archaeologists note that for this reason, such objects were the centers of ancient cities.

In addition, the researchers added that the pyramid shape made it easier to build a high monumental structure, which was especially important for ancient people.

Mesoamerica is a historical and cultural region that extends roughly from the center of Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua. The architecture of Mesoamerican cultures is characterized by its complexity and richness of styles. One of the most famous pyramids in the region is El Castillo (Kukulkan), located in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza (Mexico) and recognized as one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Earlier, British researchers found that exposure to ultraviolet light caused the Devonian Extinction, which occurred 359 million years ago. Radiation, according to experts, was fatal for most of the living creatures of the Devonian period, as the ozone layer was depleted due to global warming.

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