Despite decades of research, we only have pieces of a larger Mayan puzzle. As is often the case, time remains the greatest obstacle. After their disappearance, the jungle grew to reclaim Mayan lands. This thick covering makes aerial surveys of suspected sites of Mayan cities nearly impossible.
Even after years of study and excavation, archaeologists had barely scratched the surface of Mayan history. Their main focus remained the lingering structures of the lost empire. But recent technological advances might offer the key to unlocking the secrets buried within the dense Yucatan jungle.