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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 04:34 PM

Guatemala excavates early Mayan ruler's tomb

Guatemala excavates early Mayan ruler's tomb
October 25, 2012 RSS Feed Print

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) Archaeologists in Guatemala say they have uncovered the tomb of a very early Mayan ruler, complete with rich jade jewelry and decoration.

Experts say the find at the Tak'alik Ab'aj temple site could help shed light on the formative years of the Mayan culture.

Government archaeologist Miguel Orrego says carbon-dating indicates the tomb was built between 700 and 400 B.C., several hundred years before the apogee of the Mayan classic period.

Orrego said Thursday that a necklace depicting a vulture-headed human figure appeared to identify the tomb's occupant as an "ajaw," or ruler.


More information, photos. etc.:

Guatemala: Discovering the Vulture Ancestor, the Oldest Royal Mayan Tomb in Mesoamerica
Thursday, 25 October 2012 07:01 Barbara Schieber


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