The Mayans were well developed with a large economy and solid administration. They have been compared with the Roman Empire and left to their own development may have bore a greater modern nation. Nevertheless, the people are gone, except a few descendants. Their time has come and past.
Photography raises awareness of their lives and their ability to construct amazing architecture. If it wasn't for looters in the area these ruins would have been completely untouched and hidden the forest until now. It must have been an amazing site to discover parts of a lost civilization overrun by foliage.