The producer of a Mexican documentary that will be released in late 2012, Raul Julia-Levy, claims it will show that the ancient Maya had contacts with aliens. The documentary makers are said to be working in cooperation with the Mexican government and they are apparently focusing on the large site of Calakmul in the state of Campeche.
Julia-Levy says that “Mexico will release codices, artefacts and significant documents with evidence of Mayan and extraterrestrial contact, and all of their information will be corroborated by archaeologists,” he said. “The Mexican government is not making this statement on their own – everything we say, we’re going to back it up.”
The documentary makers claim to have support from the government and the Mexican president as well (but they are mentioning the name of Guatemala’s president in this context which reveals their credibility to some extent). In any case, the minister of tourism for Campeche, Luis Augusto García Rosado is said to claim that there are “landing pads in the jungle that are 3,000 years old”. Since the documentary makers are shooting at Calakmul one can imagine that he is referring to the causeway system and/or large platforms. However, 3000 years ago we are in the early Middle Formative or late Early Formative. There were no major architectural features in the lowlands at that time.
I have not yet seen any statements by INAH people but I suspect they are not too happy about this. I remember an information sign set up by INAH at the entrance of Edzna, also in Campeche, where they needed to state that these ruins were not constructed by aliens. For a conspiracy infected mind (common among the 2012ers) this would just be proof that the archaeologists are hiding something because why would they write such a thing if the ruins are not built by aliens? It is because these ruins attract this kind of tourists (fortunately not a major hoard though) and common sense people working at Edzna and other Maya sites are fed up with their questions and unsupported claims.
I suspect the main reason why the minister of tourism of Campeche would say such a thing (unless he truly believes it), is that Mexico has problems attracting tourists due to the war on the drug cartels. The tourism industry sets high hopes for the 2012 phenomenon. I’ll bet this documentary is part of that strategy. If that is the case it is a pity to say the least.