Ancient Mayan Tomb Found By Team Of Archeologists From Brown University

July 24th, 2010 - 7:41 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

guatemala July 24, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Stephen Houston of the Brown University along with his team of archeologists reported the discovery of an ancient Mayan tomb in Guatemala. The interiors of the tomb were found to be almost intact. It seemed to be crammed with artifacts, ceramics and textiles along with the bones of six young children who may have been sacrificed for the King.

The mausoleum was dated to 350 to 400 AD and was found to be located under the El Diablo pyramid in El Zotz city. The team of archeologists made this discovery in the month of May but the findings were made public only on the 15th of June. The press conference where this astounding piece of news was declared was hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The same ministry had also authorized the archeological work.

The team thought that something was odd when they started digging into the chambers of the small temple. They chanced upon a number of caches which contained bowls, red in color and filled with human teeth and fingers. They were all wrapped up in some kind of material, organic in origin. There were multiple layers of stone and mud which may have been the reason behind the preservation of this tomb, feels Houston.

It was on May 29, that Stephen and his team came across a hole which seemed to have no ending. Lighting up the cavern made them all gasp in wonder as there seemed to be riot of colors everywhere they looked. The place was filed with organic materials red, green and yellow in colour. Stephen Houston admits that he had never seen such organic materials before.

The cave of the tomb measured 6 feet in height, 4 feet in width and almost 12 feet in length. It had enough space to hold a man lying down comfortably. Andrew Scherer, the bone analyst has not confirmed the findings as yet although it is believed that the tomb contains the remnants of an adult male and the bodies of 6 children. Two of them with only their skulls intact.

Houston, too admitted that there is work to do yet. Such excavations were usually huge and requires years of study in order to understand and assimilate all the information that is retrieved from the tombs. Stephen Houston has been aided by Edwin Román, the co director along with several students and researchers of the Brown University. The archeological diggings had also been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.

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