GUATEMALA CITY - 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 civilization.
"Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage," said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometres 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. Gomez did not specify what was done, although he did say it was forbidden to climb the stairs at the site and indicated that the damage was irreparable. Read more.
Guwahati, May 24 (PTI) First noticed by a local youth, the Assam Directorate of Archaeology today collected the temple relics from the Fatasil Ambari area in the city.
According to H N Dutta, director of state archaeology department, the nine stone pieces were recovered by officials from the residence of Mohammad Ali from Dhireupara area after a local youth Montu Ali first noticed them.
The relics were carefully examined with the help of experts who confirmed the architectural relics to be genuine.
"This discovery indicates that a stone temple existed at the spot in ancient times," Dutta said. (source)