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Mayan pyramid murals reveal daily life

A series of Maya wall murals are providing archaeologists with a look at the day-to-day life of the Maya people.

Previously known Maya murals all depict the ruling elite, victories in battle, or religious themes.

But exterior walls on a “painted pyramid” buried for centuries in the Mexican jungle have shown Maya scholars something completely different.

The murals—discovered in 2004 at the Maya site of Calakmul—depict ordinary people enjoying much more casual pursuits, according to a new, detailed description of the wall art.

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