The Longest Now

Civilizations trapped in time
Sunday June 01st 2003, 4:10 am
Filed under: chain-gang

Recently discovered in Nicaragua: a pre-Mayan civilization which practiced pottery and carved large stone columns, dating back to 3,000 years ago, covered a large geographic area and spanned a millenium

Recently discovered in Guatemala: a remarkable set of mines, suggesting a previously unknown source the size of Rhode Island[?] for blue jade — the variety that was highly prized in ancient mesoamerican civilizations, not the variety currently prized in Asia — was discovered in the past decade.

Unexplained curiosities apparently out of place in time or geography:
BC-era pyramids on the Canary Islands off of the W. African coast, and in NE Italy [cf. Heyerdahl et al];  Ziggurats in Mexico with unusual internal spiral staircases;  Enormous art spanning many miles and visible only/mainly from above (mound art, white chalk art [Britain], more), and more…

It seems easier than I had hoped for great civilizations to become unstuck in time.

Civilizations trapped in time …

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