The Romans weren't the only game two millenia ago; the Maya were also busy:
More than 2,000 years ago, while Rome was laying waste to Carthage and the Hopewell people were building mounds in Ohio, a grand civilization flourished at a now little-known site in Guatemala called Cival....
After several seasons of digging, the researchers believe Cival was one of the largest Maya cities of the time.
It has pyramids and a large complex surrounding a central plaza. In front of a long building on the complex’s eastern edge, the archaeologists discovered a stela, or inscribed stone slab, dating to 300 B.C., perhaps the earliest such carving ever found in the Maya lowlands.
Don't you just love this archaeological stuff?