Slovenian archaeologist Ivan Šprajc is behind discovery of three significant ruins in the remote jungles of the Yucatán peninsula. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 3 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica. Ivan Šprajc. likes · 2 talking about this. Archaeology and archaeoastronomy of Mesoamerica.

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Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc says it is worth braving the jungle and sprajcc creatures if the reward is finding lost Mayan cities. There are days when Ivan Sprajc gets fed up with his job.

Hacking pathways through the Mexican jungle with machetes spfajc exhausting. Keeping a constant eye out for deadly snakes can be nerve-wracking. The risk of finding nothing to show for all the effort is real. But then there is reward that comes when the contours of a plaza, palace or pyramid emerge from beneath the tree cover, or inscriptions that could help explain them are revealed by brushing off undergrowth.

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But spraj is such a reward when you find a new site,” said the Slovenian archaeologist, who has made a career of finding lost Mayan cities. This year Sprajc’s team found two iban Tamchen and Lagunita – which followed last year’s discovery of a large site called Chactun.

The finding of the three sites is the first step in surveying an almost unexplored area spanning abouthectares in the northern part of the Calakmul biosphere reserve, in the southern Mexican state of Campeche. Tamchen, Lagunita and Chactun have all been dated to the 8th century, in the period immediately before the collapse sprajcc high Mayan civilisation around AD Sprajc said that obviously modified monuments and unusual finds in the newly discovered cities suggested they might one day be the centre of new ideas about what happened to the Maya.


Lagunita, the second site, has an impressive monster mouth facade on one of the buildings, representing an earth god related with fertility.

Ivan Sprajc, the “Real Life Indiana Jones”, On the Hunt For Lost Mayan Cities In Mexico

The site had already been located in the s by American archaeologist Eric Von Euw, but all that was left from that expedition were his drawings, which Sprajc immediately recognised when he rediscovered the city this year. In Chactun, Sprajc’s team uncovered glyphs in stucco, rather than stone, that have never been found anywhere in the Mayan world before. Sprajc began looking for lost Mayan cities in ssprajc, a speciality he developed after staying longer in Mexico than he had planned, because of the outbreak of war in Yugoslavia in Now back in Ljubljana, attached to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Sprajc returns whenever he can secure funding.

Over the years he has got used to dealing with the dangers of being in the jungle during the hectic four-month window for exploration offered by the dry season between March and June.

Twice he has stumbled across jaguars. Once a puma iban within a few metres. Poisonous snakes are more ubiquitous, he said, as well as the insects that transmit parasitic diseases.

Sprajc has had to rely mainly on remote sensing to decide where to explore. Initial efforts to use satellite images proved fruitless, with even known sites with clear coordinates indistinguishable beneath the forest.


Stereoscopic examination of aerial photographs has been more helpful, revealing structures and regular shapes, as well as old overgrown paths the team reopen. Even so, it takes practice to distinguish between what might be a lost city and what might be a big disappointment. Skip to main content.

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The real-life Indiana Jones on the hunt for lost ancient Mayan cities in Mexico

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