- 06.21.13 09:29 AM EDT
Archaeologists found a lost Mayan city in the middle of the jungle in the Campeche region in southeastern Mexico. They've uncovered plazas, ball courts, pyramids and palaces never before seen and estimate that the city could have been home to 50,000 residents in its prime.
The city is believed to date back to 600 A.D. to 900 A.D. and has been hidden under rain forests for centuries. The scientists used large-scale aerial photography to find the exact location.
Lead archaeologist Ivan Sprajc said the site was totally unknown before this mission and could provide new details. He said it could answer questions such as what the relations between tribes were during the time of this city's peak or different leaders and dynasties that ruled.
Explorations are supported by the National Geographic Society, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and an Austrian company called Villas and Slovenian Ars longa.