A construction company in Belize, a country on the northeast coast of Central America, has destroyed large parts of a 2 300-year-old Mayan pyramid and used the crushed stone to lay a road, reports The Huffington Post.
The company admits it used bulldozers to break huge chunks out of the pyramid, in Belize’s Nohmul region, but it allegedly didn’t realise the structure was an ancient pyramid.
Jaime Awe, head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, says the company is lying.
“These guys knew this was an ancient structure. It’s just bloody laziness,” Jaime says. “It’s a feeling of incredible disbelief because of the ignorance and the insensitivity . . . They were using this for road fill. It’s like being punched in the stomach; it’s just so horrendous.”
Police in Belize say the company can be prosecuted, especially because the pyramid and other similar structures in the country belong to the government. An investigation is under way.
To see bulldozers destroying parts of the pyramid, click here: