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Sculptures of two captured Mayan warriors found

Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered two 1,300-year-old limestone sculptures depicting captured Mayan warriors.

The 5-foot (1.5-meter) tall sculptures have hieroglyphic inscriptions on their loincloths and chest that say the warriors belonged to the city of Copan, archaeologist Juan Yadeun said in a news release Wednesday.

Yadeun said the discovery proves warriors from Copan helped those in Palenque during the city’s’ 26-year war against Tonina for control of the Usumacinta river.

“The finding of the two captives of Copan is physical evidence that corroborates (the city’s) alliance with Palenque in its fight against Tonina,” said Yauden, who oversees the Tonina site for Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

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Story: Olga R. Rodriguez, AP | Photo: AP Photo/Moyses Zuniga

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