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Studying ancient Mayans plants through art

A study of the plants depicted in Mayan art has identified which plants the civilization held sacred.

“The Maya have lived and used rainforest plants to heal themselves for thousands of years. We are just beginning to understand some of their secrets,” said archaeologist Charles Zadir.

The team’s first analyses focused on artwork produced within the southern lowland region of the Maya, located in the modern countries of Belize, Guatemala and Mexico.

They examined more than 2,500 images of Maya ceramics created within the Maya Classical Period of AD 250 to 900.

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