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Royal Maya burials found in Guatemala

Two tombs, one on top of the other, containing the remains of Maya royalty have been found in Guatemala.

The roughly 2,000-year-old tomb was found underneath another, 1,300-year-old tomb filled with treasures such as jade gorgets—normally used to protect the throat—beads, and ceremonial knives.

The upper tomb’s corpse had been badly destroyed by rodents within the last few centuries, but the body was clearly that of another Maya ruler—perhaps another female, based on the small size of a ring found in that tomb.

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Story: Rachel Kaufman, National Geographic | Photo: Wies?aw Koszkul, Nakum Archaeological Project

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