A pyramid lost

One of the largest Mayan pyramids in Nohmul, an area with Mayan ruins in northern Belize, has been destroyed by bulldozers and backhoes. A construction company busy building a road in the area used the rock from the pyramid to fill holes in the road.

The pyramid was estimated to be 2,300 years old and was about 100 feet (30 meters) tall. It was built by the Mayans, the people living in the area at the time. When the Mayans built this, there were no backhoes and bulldozers. They used stone tools to dig up the rock and carried the heavy rock on their heads to where the pyramid was built.

The Mayans lived in areas that are now part of the countries of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Some of their earliest settlements discovered are from over 3,500 years ago. They built many temples, pyramids, and towns. They came up with a calendar system that used 365 days, and had a writing system as well. A drink Mayans enjoyed was chocolate. In fact, cacao beans, the key ingredient of chocolate,  were so precious they were even used as currency. Their civilization went into decline in the 900s. Nobody knows for sure the reason for the decline.

The capital of Belize is Belmopan and its official language is English. Here is  a video about the Mayans.

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The Belize Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea is the largest coral reef system in the Northern hemisphere. Here is a video about it.