Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle

Maya civilisation, at its peak some 1,500 years ago, covered an area about twice the size of medieval England, with an estimated population of around five million.

“With this new data it’s no longer unreasonable to think that there were 10 to 15 million people there,” said Mr Estrada-Belli, “including many living in low-lying, swampy areas that many of us had thought uninhabitable.”

Most of the 60,000 newly identified structures are thought to be stone platforms that would have supported the average pole-and-thatch Maya home.

Mormons are divided regarding the location of the lands described in the Book of Mormon. Recorded statements and journal recollections from Founder Joseph Smith suggest they were from New York to Independence, Missouri along the Missouri River.

The largest known Indian mound in the United States is Monks Mound which is 248 miles east of Independence. Twice I’ve visited and walked up Monks Mound. The beginning of its construction dates from 900-955 CE–much later than the Book of Mormon times.

Poverty Point: America’s Oldest City

Poverty Point National Monument

From Wikipedia on Poverty Point:

Researchers have learned that Mound A was constructed quickly, probably over a period of less than three months. In total volume, Mound A is made up of approximately 238,000 cubic meters of fill, making it the second-largest earthen mound (by volume) in eastern North America.

238,000 cubic meters is 8,404,890.68 cubic feet.

How much does it weight? From ask.com, “One cubic meter of soil weighs between 1.2 and 1.7 metric tonnes, or between 2,645 and 3,747 pounds. Loose topsoil is lighter, and compacted topsoil is heavier.”

How many man hours would take to build mound A in three months, and with what size support staff would they require?

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