Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins

November 14, 2017 by  
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Researchers at Chichen Itza, a massive Mayan city founded over 1,400 years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico , have discovered a new secret passage that may be connected to an underground cave at the Temple of Kukulkan. The discovery was made by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda and his team of researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, who used advanced imaging techniques, such as lidar, to uncover the hidden passageway. Water-filled caves known as cenotes were sometimes used in Mayan sacrificial rituals and the researchers hope to find evidence of such practices as well as additional information about how the Mayans lived. The team originally uncovered the passageway by using lidar, a form of radar that sends electromagnetic signals through walls and other structures within Kulkulkan to create a virtual map of the temple’s interior. Now that they are aware of the passageway’s existence, the researchers are hoping to pinpoint its location and explore the passageway in person. In an interview with El Universal , Dr. de Anda stated that the Mayans likely sealed the passageway themselves, adding intrigue to what might be discovered behind these closed doors. Related: 15-year-old student discovers lost Mayan city The pyramidal Temple of Kulkulkan was built to honor the Mayan serpent god Kulkulkan, of which little is known by modern people. Researchers originally discovered the cenote which lies beneath the 1,000-year-old Kulkulkan in 2015. There is concern that the water-filled cenote, which is fed by an underground river , may be threatening the integrity of the ground on which the temple stands, threatening it with collapse. Some archaeologists suggest that the Temple was deliberately built over the cenote because it was believed that the river that flows below occupied the center of the Mayan universe, nurturing the roots of the “tree,” or temple, above. Via the Daily Mail Images via Depositphotos (1)  

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UK architect helps locals rebuild Nepal temple destroyed by earthquake

January 17, 2017 by  
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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that battered Nepal in 2015 damaged 100 homes, killed three people, and devastated what many consider to be the country’s oldest Hindu temple in Changu Village alone. Slowly locals are rebuilding their beloved Changu Narayan temple with help from a British architect, who also helped restore Angkor Wat in Cambodia through the World Monuments Fund . Locals say the Hindu god Vishnu once appeared at Changu Narayan, the fifth century temple dedicated to the deity. Only priests ever entered the intricately carved wooden structure before the earthquake. When locals witnessed the devastation inflicted on the World Heritage Site by the natural disaster, they felt their lives had ended. But they didn’t give up hope, and began to rebuild. 61-year-old Gyan Bahadur Bhadal, who is one of a group of villagers maintaining the temple, told The Associated Press (AP), “I see now our world coming back alive.” Related: Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters Architect John Sanday has loved Changu Narayan for decades, and told the AP he was very emotional visiting the site after the devastating earthquake, which damaged 600 historical monuments, palaces, and temples in Nepal. Out of those 600, Sanday decided he’d take on the temple as a project, and became a technical adviser for locals. He told the AP, “Sure, it’s peanuts, a little temple, so why is it so special? The detail. The grace. It’s one of the few World Heritage Sites that hasn’t been completely destroyed by development.” So far locals have painstakingly cleaned and made some repairs to the temple, but there’s still work to be done. The community needs to raise around $300,000 to complete the restoration initiative. Inspired by locals’ dedication, Sanday has already helped rebuild a guardhouse-sized shrine. Now he’s looking beyond the shrine to the temple, convinced the ancient building can be saved. Via The Associated Press Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Story Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

January 8, 2017 by  
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A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen . A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment building in Nanfang district of Shenzhen for at least three years, but apparently nobody knows who it belongs to still. The temple is surrounded by vegetation, has a security system to protect the premises against unwanted visitors, and walls covered in glazed golden tiles. It looks like an out-of-place private facility illegally built on public property. [youtube width=”537″ height=”302″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZpBQ0p5skk[/youtube] One of several illegally built rooftop structures in China, the temple could compromise the overall structural integrity of the building and put its tenants in danger. The majority of Chinese, especially after the affair involving a mountain villa built on the roof of a Beijing apartment building , feel that the arrogance of this sort should be stopped by the government. An anonymous source reportedly told South China Morning Post the identity of the building’s owner—a piece of information still not officially confirmed. Via Oddity Central

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40 lifeless tiger cubs discovered in Thailand temple’s freezer

June 1, 2016 by  
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After officials began to remove tigers from Thailand’s Tiger Temple this week, they discovered 40 dead cubs in a freezer. The temple, marketed as a sanctuary, has been accused of animal abuse , wildlife trafficking , and breeding tigers illegally. Monks at the temple deny the accusations. Controversy has shrouded the temple for years. Visitors reported tigers seemed drugged, ex-workers said they weren’t fed properly, lived in concrete cages, and received beatings from so-called caretakers. Others suspected illegal breeding to sell tiger parts utilized in traditional medicines. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), in 2007 there were 18 tigers at the temple, but by this year that number rose to 147. Wildlife groups have been working for the tigers’ release since 2001. Related: Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching The BBC reports that Thailand’s Department of National Parks (DNP) attempted to seize the tigers but multiple times the monks would not allow them to enter the temple. This current raid is successful because the DNP came armed with a court warrant. So far dozens of tigers have been rescued, but babies were found in the freezer. Police Colonel Bandith Meungsukhum told AFP that the find would lead to criminal charges. Officials were unsure how long the cubs had been frozen, but many appeared to have been alive for only one or two days. Reporters and wildlife officials noted other animal body parts and a dead boar in the freezer. The temple says several years ago a vet told them to keep the cubs, “probably” to silence accusations they were trafficking the cubs. According to a post on their Facebook page, the Tiger Temple said the DNP knew about the babies inside the freezer and had even entered the freezer a few times before. Deputy Director-General Adisorn Nuchdamrong told Reuters , “They must be of some value for the temple to keep them. But for what is beyond me…The temple has notified us when grown tigers die, but never the cubs.” Via the BBC Images via Xiquinho Silva on Flickr , screenshot , and Eli Duke on Flickr

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a21studio builds a unique Buddhist temple as a floating stone canopy in Vietnam

March 4, 2015 by  
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Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate their sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

December 8, 2014 by  
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Physicist Wants to Build 1,000-Foot Walls to Prevent Tornadoes from Destroying the Midwest

June 27, 2014 by  
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Temple University physicist Rongjia Tao wants to build massive 1,000-foot high, 165-foot thick walls around the American Midwest to keep the tornadoes out. It may sound outlandish, but the proposal is based on the fact that the Chinese plains have few tornadoes . This is because they are surrounded by mountain ranges which slow down passing winds and prevent the formation of twisters. Read the rest of Physicist Wants to Build 1,000-Foot Walls to Prevent Tornadoes from Destroying the Midwest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Midwest tornadoes , Disaster-proof design , physicist Rongjia Tao , preventing natural disasters , scientific journals , temple university , tornado alley , tornado massive walls , tornado-proof design , tornado-proof homes

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100-Year-Old Utah Church Lifted 40 Feet Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

March 11, 2014 by  
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Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions

March 11, 2014 by  
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Everyone knows how annoying it can be to hit every red light on a daily commute, and how stopping and accelerating for those pesky red lights also costs you more at the pump. Fortunately, Audi’s new Traffic Light Recognition technology may save the day. The new traffic light information system could save 238 million gallons of fuel every year by interacting with stoplights and telling drivers what speed is required to consistently hit only green lights. Read the rest of Audi’s Traffic Light Recognition Technology Could Save Up to 238 Million Gallons of Fuel While Reducing Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AUDI , audi technology , audi traffic light information system , Audi traffic light recognition technology , automotive technology , ces , emissions , green car , green transportation        

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100-Year-Old Utah Church is Lifted 40 Foot Above Ground Without Moving an Inch

May 21, 2013 by  
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