1600 years old Mayan King’s tomb discovered in Guatemala

July 20th, 2010 - 8:28 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Mayan Royal Tomb Guatemala City, July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The royal tomb of an ancient Mayan king has been discovered by the archaeologists in Guatemala. The tomb is characterized with lots of carvings, ceramics and bones of children. The tomb is about 6 feet high, 12 feet long and 4 feet wide and was found hidden under the El Diablo pyramid in the city of El Zotz.

The tomb was discovered in May but the team recently announced it in a news conference in Guatemala City. The team of archaeologists was led by Stephen Houston, who is a Brown University professor of anthropology.

The team first discovered a couple of blood-red bowls, which were made up of human teeth and fingers. The team dug through many layers of mud and flat stones and finally found a hole in the ground.

The tomb was in a perfect condition after 1600 years and the tomb had numerous wood pieces, textiles, ceramics cord and thin layers of painted stucco. The tomb also contained the skeletons of a male king who was buried in a traditional dancer’s costume. “We’d been using a small stick to probe for cavities. And, on this try, the stick went in, and in, and in … I saw nothing but a small hole leading into darkness,” Houston said.

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