Mayan King Tomb Discovered In Guatemala

July 20th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Mayan Royal TombGuatemala, July 20, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Archaeologists have discovered a Mayan royal tomb that lay buried beneath the El Diablo pyramid in Guatemala’s jungle-covered Peten area. The Mayan Royal Tomb is all decked up with carvings, children bones and ceramic.

The tomb dates back to 400 A.D and measures 6 feet in height and 12 feet in length. The tomb was unearthed in the month of May but the news of the discovery was made public at a recent news conference held in Guatemala city. Stephen Houston who happens to be a professor of anthropology at the Brown University in Providence led his team of researchers who discovered the Mayan Tomb after digging several layers of mud.Stephen Houston told the media that his team has been using “a small stick” to “probe for cavities”. All of a sudden the stick went in deep and the archaeologists were forced to dig in deeper which finally paved the way for the discovery of Mayan royal tomb. After the hole was dug, a light was lowered and everyone witnessed”an explosion of color in all directions — red, green, yellow”.

The Mayan Royal Tomb has been preserved for over a total of 1,600 years and is filled with twigs, painted stuccos, ceramics and textiles. The professor said that he could get the “smell of putrification” when the tomb was finally unearthed. The tomb also contained the remains of a king whose existence could be only derived from the hieroglyphic texts; the only source of identification. The professor said that there are still a lot of work and study to be done upon the tomb which shall involve years to derive any historical facts from it.

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