Tomb of Maya queen found in Guatemala

Published on October 17th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks


Archaeologists working in Guatemala believe they have discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, one of the great queens of the Classic Maya civilization.

A small, carved alabaster jar found in the burial chamber caused the archaeologists to conclude the tomb was that of Lady K’abel.

The white jar is carved as a conch shell, with a head and arm of an aged woman emerging from the opening. The depiction of the woman, mature with a lined face and a strand of hair in front of her ear, and four glyphs carved into the jar, point to the jar as belonging to K’abel.

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Story: Jessica Daues, Wasington University | Photo: El Peru Waka Regional Archaeological Project

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