The ancient Maya culture once spread across the region of Central America.
"The early pyramids really do seem to be temples to the Gods," said archaeologist Patricia McAnany. "Later on in time after about AD 600, pyramidal were built as giant temples for rulers after they died."
Archaeologists in one Central American country were alarmed last week to discover that a 2,300-year-old Mayan pyramid was demolished.
Road building crews may have haphazardly bulldozed the ancient site.
So can you name this country that borders Mexico and Guatemala …and that was once a thriving hub of Maya culture.
Archaeologists are up in arms after learning that an ancient Mayan pyramid has been destroyed in the Central American nation of Belize, the answer to our Geo Quiz.
Road construction workers apparently bulldozed the 2,300-year-old pyramid and used the crushed rock as road fill.
Belizean police are investigating.
Patricia McAnany, an archaeologist at the University of North Carolina, has spent years studying the Mayan ruins in northern Belize. She calls the demolition "tragic" and hopes it will spur a public dialogue in multi-ethnic Belize about the importance of respecting others' cultural heritage.