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1,200-year-old Mayan theatre found in Mexico

A small 1,200-year-old theatre, probably used as a political tool, has been found at Plan de Ayutla in Chiapas, Mexico.

“It was a unique theater, since it was found in an acropolis, 137 feet above the other plazas. The stage lay within a palace complex,” Luis Alberto Martos López, director of the research project, said in a statement.
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Located near the North Acropolis, the theater was enclosed by buildings dating to 250-550 B.C. on all sides. A 26-foot-long façade of one of these buildings was torn down around 850 A.D. to create the forum and make it work as an acoustic shell.

According to Martos López, the unusual architecture makes the theater stand out.

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Story: Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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