When you take away a people’s history, you take away the roots that connect them to the knowledge, and some even say collective memories, meant to be passed down over generations. In light of current times, something that might be worth injecting into the conversation is the notion of giving history back to indigenous peoples.
Obviously, this subject in particular concerns many Latin American and African-American communities throughout the nations of the Western Hemisphere. Part of the attempt to mend the past could be helped by uncovering more of the past, and all of the landmarks and qualities that were lost through the upheaval that came with colonialism.
Before Europeans arrived in Central America, the region saw an expansive civilization spread over multiple, often dueling empires. They included the Olmecs, Toltecs, Mexica (Aztecs), and Maya, each of whom constructed massive pyramid and cityscape complexes that are still being studied to this day. The more we learn about the engineering marvels of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, the more we can give back to the people who have been disconnected from their ancestral glories.
Recently, a huge 3,000-year-old earthen platform crowned with a series of structures, including a pyramid, has been identified as the oldest and largest monumental construction discovered in the Maya region, according to a paper published in the scientific journal, Nature. It is yet another in a continuing string of discoveries over the past few years – meaning there is certainly much, much more to explore.