Idiot Tourists Destroy Mayan Artifacts During End Of The World Parties

Idiot Tourists Destroy Mayan Artifacts During End Of The World Parties
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Crazy tourists stationed in Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have badly damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, essentially the biggest archaeological site and epicenter of Mayan civilization.

 

“Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, located 340 miles north of Guatemala City.

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

Gomez wasn’t very vocal in terms of specifying what damage was done, but he said that it was irreparable.

The damaged temple is about 125 feet high, and is one of the sites most famous structures. Tikal was declared a World Heritage site in 1979.

Friday marked the end of an era that lasted 5,200 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Experts believed this was the Mayan’s prophecy- that the world would end on December 21st, 2012.

The world was supposed to end, but miraculously, we’re still here. More than 7,000 people visited Tikal on Friday to witness this madness-which included Mayan priests, colorful clothes, and large fires.

Cultural critics complained that the event was really for tourists and had little to do with the Mayans or authentic Mayan culture. Around 42 per cent of Guatemala’s 14.3 million residents are native Mayans, with most living in severe poverty.

Wentworth Jones | Elite.

Share Tweet
React

Robert Gordon

Hailing from Queens, New York, Robert Gordon can be found running the World News section of Elite Daily or roaming NYC on photographic expeditions. A diehard sports fan who’s had his heart constantly broken by the Knicks and Mets, Robert can be seen donning orange and blue attire all throughout the city. Under the moniker Robbie Fingers, he creates visuals from music videos, to short films with his partner, ManuallFocus.

More In World

World Katie Gonzalez

Everything Wrong With The World: Australian Teen Says He’s The Next Paris Hilton (Photos)

This 17-year-old  likens himself to an Australian Paris Hilton… which makes total sense, since he’s “famous” for doing absolutely nothing. Kurt Coleman’s biggest fan is himself, although he has amassed over 170,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 85,000 on Instagram. As obnoxious as he sounds, Coleman is perhaps best known for taking “selfies 24/7″ because, why […]

Also On Elite

Life

9 Ways The Hook-Up Culture Is Ruining Love As We Know It

Generation-Y is the first generation that, as a whole, is openly sleeping around with one another and not being judged by others. The words “slut” and “whore” do still get thrown around, but usually by someone who has slept with just as many people as the person being labeled as such. Generation-Y is deeply immersed […]

World

This Man’s Organs Were Refused For Donation, Simply Because He’s Gay

On March 16, Rohn Neugebauer, 48, suffered a heart attack that ended his life. A long-time advocate for The Center for Organ Recovery and Education, Neugebauer would have wanted his body to be used for donation. However, when CORE officials said his body could not be donated because of his sexuality, his family was shocked. […]