What an amazing and very significant discovery! This one dates to two to three centuries before the common era. Interestingly enough, "renegade" writers decades ago reported on the thousands of pyramids and city ruins all over Central and South America. They were labeled as "crackpots" by mainstream scholars and scientists.
Archaeologists for decades have been trying to piece together how and why the Maya collapsed. El Mirador's contribution to the debate is that it pushes back the origin of the Maya several hundred years before what had once been assumed to be the society's peak. Now it's becoming clear that Maya civilization ebbed and flowed several times over more than 1,200 years.
I'm very much interested in the findings of the Popo Vuh, or Popol Vuh, literally the "Book of the Community." The word popol is Maya and means "together," "reunion," or "common house." Popol na is the "house of the community where they assemble to discuss things of the republic," says the Diccionario de Motul. Pop is a Quiché verb which means "to gather," "to join," "to crowd," according to Ximénez; and popol is a thing belonging to the municipal council, "communal," or "national."
"The most marvelous ancient city every discovered in the world as we know it."
Quest for the Lost Civilization
Saving the Heart of the Maya Biosphere - Slideshow
Global Heritage Website