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Before and After

Many ruins from the ancient cultures of Central America are now the stuff of postcard images. But have you ever wondered what they looked like before they were excavated, when the jungle had taken root and trees masked the structures beneath? Take a journey back through time, and examine some famous ruins, before and after. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to see the full views, and captions with more information.

Tikal Copan
Tikal Copan

Palenque Temple of the Sun
Palenque Palace Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Warrior
Temple of the Warrior, Chichen Itza


Photos: (2) University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia; (4,6,8) © Merle Greene Robertson, 1987; (11) Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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