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A photograph released to Reuters shows the remains of an ancient Mayan city in Lagunita

A photograph released to Reuters on August 22, 2014 shows the remains of an ancient Mayan city in Lagunita May 30, 2014. Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and lead researcher Ivan Sprajc, an associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Picture taken May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts/Handout via Reuters (MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle

Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region.

Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region.

Sprajc said the two cities reached their heyday in the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 AD). At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas. One of the pyramids is almost 20 meters (65 feet) high. (Reuters)

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