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Pre-Columbian Ballplayer monolith found in Mexico

A monolith of a pre-Columbian ballplayer which dates between 900 A.D. – 1000 A.D. has been found in Zacatecas, Mexico.

The pre-Columbian sculpture was excavated from a depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet), the INAH said in a statement, noting that another sculpture depicting a ballplayer was located at the end of last year at the same complex, known as El Teul.

Experts say the two pieces may evoke the “divine twins” mentioned in the Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Mayas.

The more recently discovered sculpture is an almost complete cylindrical figure that is 1.75 meters (5.7 feet) tall and measures 56 centimeters (22 inches) in diameter. It was found a few weeks ago at El Teul’s ballgame court, the INAH said.

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Story: EFE | Photo: EFE

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