Monday, 19 August 2013

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Discover the secrets of the ancient Maya's sacred places.
Caves and natural wells called cenotes in Mexico's Yucat√°n Peninsula, the ancestral home of the Maya, are giving researchers new insights into the landscapes of these ancient people. Sophisticated and mysterious, the Maya kept an extraordinarily accurate calendar. Were these sacred cenotes, which aligned with the zenith passage of the sun, related to their calendar keeping? Did they also play a role in their religious ceremonies?

Dive in and explore these questions and more with underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda in one of our featured articles. Then check out a gallery of images from his explorations. You can also read a field report from an expedition that's currently underway at another cenote in Mexico rumored to be guarded by a mythical creature. Want to learn more about sacred places? Take a look at our ultimate guide to these powerful destinations, Sacred Places of a Lifetime.
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Photograph by Paul Nicklen (skulls and diver in cenote, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico)
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