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Sacrifices to rain god discovered at Maya water temple

In the jungles of Belize, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Maya water temple. National Geographic reports that the derelict compound contains a 60-meter-deep pool where the ancient people appear to have offered sacrifices to Chaak, the rain god, in an effort to end a massive drought and save their civilization. Apparently Chaak didn’t listen; perhaps he was incensed that the gifts only really began coming in after the drought had taken hold. In any event, the rains never arrived, and the Maya civilization began to collapse in 800 C.E. The sacrificed artifacts remain, though, and researchers are now using diving gear to extract and study them.

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