Archaeologists uncover ruins of hidden neighbourhood in ancient Mayan city

Professor Houston said: “What we had taken to be natural hills actually were shown to be modified and conformed to the shape of the citadel — the area that was possibly the imperial palace — at Teotihuacan.

“Regardless of who built this smaller-scale replica and why, it shows without a doubt that there was a different level of interaction between Tikal and Teotihuacan than previously believed.”

According to the experts, the two cities could not be any more different.

Tikal, also known as Yax Mutal, was a fairly small city where “you could have walked from one end of the kingdom to the other in a day, maybe two.”

Teotihuacan, on the other hand, was a much grander city that was likely the central hub of a Mesoamerican empire.

Scholars believe the pre-Columbian city boasted a population of 125,000 and was the biggest of its kind in the region.

Today, the ruins of Teotihuacan are found in the Valley of Mexico, in Mexico State.

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