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Look: Underwater Mayan ruins reveal secrets of an ancient salt trade

A hot commodity for an expanding empire.

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Let’s talk about salt.

It’s a staple in our diets, an age-old preservative, and an additive in countless household products.

For some ancient Mayans, salt production was a way of life.

On the shores of modern-day Belize, Mayans worked at extensive settlements dedicated to extracting salt from brine.

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