Tomb Of Mayan King Found In Guatemala

July 20th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

July 20, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A tomb belonging to an ancient Mayan King is believed to have been unearthed in Guatemala. The scientists working on it announced last week that a tomb almost 1,600 years old have been discovered beneath the El Diablo pyramid located in the city of El Zotz.

The interiors of the tomb were practically packed with artifacts, ceramics and textiles. However, the contents of the tomb also included the remains of six children who might have been sacrificed when the King was interred.

The tomb was discovered on the 29th of May but Stephen Houston, one of the archaeologists attached to the Brown University of Rhode Island admitted that they had a great deal to do. “The excavation of a royal tomb is exacting to say the least and we are still in the process of catching our breath.” He added. He also said that the entire process had been quite difficult and would need years of study in order to uncover all the information from it.

Houston and his team chanced upon the tomb when they felt that something was odd. They came across a series of caches which included bowls containing human fingers and teeth. The entire tomb had been covered up in alternate layers of dust and flat stones which may be the reason for preservation of the entire crypt.

The scientists also caught a whiff of putrefying smell and were chilled to the bones. The entire mausoleum had been sealed off with no trace of air or water within it.

The tomb appears to contain the body of a fully grown male but the bone analyst and anthropologist, Andrew Scherer, has not confirmed it yet. The appearance as well as the quantity of riches within the tomb indicates that it belonged to royalty and could have been the founder of a dynasty, revealed Houston.

The findings from the exaction were announced at the Guatemala City on the 15th of July. The Ministry of Culture and sports had given the authorization and served as the hosts during the announcement.

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