El Mirador is a pre-Columbian Mayan settlement, located to the north of El Peten in Guatemala, first photographed from the air in 1930, but its remote location meant further exploration was limited. In 2003, Richard D. Hansen, an archaeologist from Idaho State University, initiated a major investigation and, although his team discovered that the area contained striking examples of the Preclassic Maya civilisation, its location prevented extensive documentation. However, 16 years on, digital media company Yes Theory have changed that, uncovering two large pyramids in the complex.
Thomas Brag, Ammar Kandil and Matt Dajer trekked for four days on foot through the Guatemala jungle, alongside seven other creators to fulfil Mr Kandil’s dream to climb a pyramid.
Documenting every step of their experience, they released “Finding the Lost Largest Pyramid in the World” on their website and later on YouTube on September 15, 2019.
First uncovering the colossal structure, Mr Dajer exclaimed: “We’ve just arrived at the very, very bottom base of a pyramid.”
“You would never guess just walking through here, but this entire thing is limestone underneath and this is part of the pyramid.
The Mayans were a civilisation known for their architecture, mathematics and astronomical beliefs, who date back as far as 2000BC. However, thanks to a discovery made at the El Mirador site in northern Guatemala, historians are able to know more about their theories over how human beings ended up on Earth.
Archaeologist Richard Hansen said: “We like to think of Los Angeles and New York as being modern cities, but these guys had the same perspective of their own city.
“They had water delivery systems. they had freeways – the very first in the world.
“This is one of the most interesting excavations we have ever had.” CONTINUE READING
“You can’t even grasp fully in your mind how huge this must have looked when it was for real.”
The group then begun making the monumental 50-minute-long journey up thousands of steps.
Mr Brag told the camera: “So these are the steps to the second platform and this entire thing that we are on is man built.
“So once they started digging up the soil from what’s been layered up on top of this over thousands of years, they’re actually discovering the giant construction and the insane labour that it was to build this.
“This is just the steps up, I can’t even see the top from here.
You can’t even grasp fully in your mind how huge this must have looked when it was for real
“This is way bigger than I expected, it is insane.”
Eventually they made it to the top, and the whole crew were left taken back.
Drone footage shows the pyramid like never seen before.
An emotional Mr Kandil reflected during the film: “This is all to do with a dream I had.
“Everything about Yes Theory is saying ‘yes’ to those dreams that you think are so far-fetched.
“It’s being constantly in the pursuit to go after those dreams, to go after the things that matter the most to you in life.
“As you’re in the pursuit to do something you love and to do something that you dream of, you never who that inspires or what that ends up contributing to your life.
“Sometimes we end up achieving the dreams we never even knew we had.”
There are roughly 35 “triadic” structures in El Mirador, consisting of large artificial platforms topped with a set of three summit pyramids.
The most notable of such structures are the two huge complexes explored in the documentary, one is nicknamed “El Tigre”, with height 55 metres, while the other is called “La Danta”.
The La Danta temple measures approximately 72 metres (236 ft) tall from the forest floor, and considering its total volume (2,800,000 cubic meters) is considered the largest in the world by many archaeologists.
For comparison, the Great Pyramid of Giza is 139 metres tall and 3,583,283 cubic metres in volume.
That has not stopped one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World from making headlines too, though.
Recently, archaeologists opened a mystery box from Tutankhamen’s tomb on camera for the first time during Bethany Hughes’ Channel 5 show “Egypt’s Greatest Treasures”.
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