Camera locates tomb not seen for 1,500 years

June 26th, 2011 - 2:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, June 26 (IANS/EFE) The tomb of a Mayan dignitary was found in Mexico with the use of a video camera to explore a place no one had entered or seen for the last 1,500 years.

The tomb was found at the Palenque site in Chiapas state by experts from the National Anthropology and History Institute.

Archaeologists explored the site with a video camera, measuring 4×6 cm and weighing a mere 94 grams.

The shots obtained show human figures drawn in black on red-painted walls, as well as vessels along with pieces of jade and shell that were part of the dignitary’s burial.

The tomb has up to now hindered entry into the area, which jealously guards the mortal remains of a very eminent figure of that ancient Mayan city, a statement said.

The dignitary lived between 431 and 550 A.D.

Archaeologists said the crypt does not hold a sarcophagus. It is highly probable that bone fragments of the body lie directly upon the floor.

The characteristics of the funeral chamber suggests that the skeletal remains could be those of a sacred ruler.

–IANS/EFE
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