Belizean government condemns pyramid destruction

Posted: 05/13/13 at 6:50 pm EDT      Last Updated: 05/14/13 at 9:50 pm EDT

BELIZE CITY (AP) -- The government of Belize says it's pursuing a "vigorous" investigation into a road-building company's near destruction of one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids.

The Ministry of Tourism and Culture says in a Tuesday statement that it's outraged at the demolition of the Nohmul complex in northern Belize to extract crushed rock for a road project. It says is investigating to determine precisely how it happened.

It adds that the wrecking of the ceremonial center that dates back at least 2,300 years was, in its words, "callous, ignorant and unforgivable."

Jaime Awe, who heads the Belize Institute of Archaeology, says the builders could not possibly have mistaken the pyramid mound for a natural hill because the ruins were well-known and the landscape there is naturally flat.

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