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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 02:07 PM

Ancient Mayan civilization used advanced water treatment technology


Posted by Deanna Conners in HUMAN WORLD | January 7, 2021
The oldest known example of a water treatment system in the Western Hemisphere was recently discovered in Guatemala.



The ancient temples of the Mayan city of Tikal rise above the forest in Guatemala. Image via jjmusgrove/ Flickr.

Scientists have uncovered evidence of an advanced water treatment system, built more than 2,000 years ago, in the ancient Mayan city of Tikal in the tropical forests of Guatemala. The Mayans used the mineral zeolite in the treatment system to filter out harmful microorganisms and toxic chemicals. This system represents the oldest known example of a water treatment system in the Western Hemisphere. The new research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports on October 22, 2020.

At its peak, the ancient Mayan city of Tikal is believed to have been the home to at least 60,000 people, and scientists have discovered the remains of more than 3,000 structures located around the city. The city was located in the area that is now Guatemala in Central America.



Location of the ancient city of Tikal. Image via Britannica.

Scientists collected sediment cores from three drinking water reservoirs in Tikal that were used to store water from approximately 2,200 to 1,100 years ago. Mineral analyses revealed the presence of zeolite at one particular site known as the Corriental reservoir. Zeolite is an aluminosilicate mineral that has many pores and is an excellent material for trapping drinking water contaminants like harmful microorganisms and toxic metals. Because of its unique properties, zeolite is often used in modern water purification systems.

More:
https://earthsky.org/human-world/ancient-mayan-civilization-used-advanced-water-treatment-technology

Also posted in Anthropology:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/12296536

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 02:11 PM

1. Thank you, Judi Lynn. Interesting read!

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Response to cornball 24 (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 02:36 PM

2. Cornball 24, thanks for taking the time to read it.So much to be learned about these ancient people.

For some reason, the European descended people who "conquered" the people already living in the "New" world have refused to pay much attention to learning more about them when they were busy enslaving and murdering them.

It's finally starting to dawn on them that there was something deeply complex and intelligent which had happened among the people they had reviled and abused all these centuries!

There will be a lot to discover now more people are awakening and starting to treat their civilizations with a little more respect.

I would think the "savages" are the ones who committed the horrendous genocide from the arctic to the antarctic of the Western Hemisphere!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 02:53 PM

3. One of the worst desecrations ever

Was the burning of the Mayan libraries by the Spanish priests.

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Response to central scrutinizer (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 8, 2021, 04:19 PM

4. By doing that they erased their identity. It would take evil people to do that.

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Fri Jan 8, 2021, 06:03 PM

5. I so agree with you! I've always thought that the length of time mankind has been on the earth

doesn't mean human beings have become any smarter. In retrospect, a career in anthropology would have been my desire. Oh well, maybe next time around! Thank you for your wonderfully inspiring posts.

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Response to cornball 24 (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 10, 2021, 12:32 AM

6. So true. It seems all that has changed has been material power, technology.

while the actual inner workings often seem completely primitive.

Maybe some infinite beings have bet on whether we destroy the earth or evolve in time to prevent it!

I believe in your interest in anthropology. So much discovery must be made, so much ignorance overcome. No doubt what lies ahead in this field is going to be stunning, and the attention paid will sustain everyone who's interested.

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