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Tiny camera dropped into Maya tomb

A tiny camera has been dropped inside the sealed tomb of a Maya ruler who was buried 1,500 years ago.

The tomb was discovered in 1999 inside a pyramid among the ruins of the Mayan city of Palenque in the hills of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

But until now archeologists had not been able to access the vault believed to hold the remains of a Mayan ruler who lived between AD 431 and 550, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a release on Thursday.

By dropping the small camera 16 feet deep through a small hole at the top of the pyramid, researchers were able to get the first view of the intact tomb.

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Story: Reuters | Photo: Reuters

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