Headless man’s tomb found under Mayan torture mural
Published on March 15th, 2010 | by Sevaan Franks1
Found under the Temple of Murals at the Maya site of Bonampak, the man was either a captive warrior who was sacrificed—perhaps one of the victims in the mural—or a relative of the city’s ruler, scientists speculate.
Whoever he was, “the place of the burial tells us that the person buried there was special,” said anthropologist Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta via e-mail.
At the time of the murals’ creation, about A.D. 790, Bonampak was a city of thousands. Today its most prominent vestige is a long-overgrown, partially excavated acropolis in the middle of a vast tropical rain forest in the southern state of Chiapas.