Topic ID #25834 - posted 12/24/2012 3:52 AM

Mayan Temple II at Tikal irreparably damaged in end of world party



Jennifer Palmer

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Mayan Temple II at Tikal irreparably damaged in end of world party
From: AFP December 24, 2012 8:48AM

TOURISTS flocking to Guatemala for "end of the world" parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archaeological site and urban centre of the Mayan civilisation.

"Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage," said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the Tikal archaeological site, which is located some 550 km north of Guatemala City.

"We are fine with the celebration, but (the tourists) should be more aware because this is a (UNESCO) World Heritage Site," he told local media.

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