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Maya tomb entered for first time in 1,500 years

Researchers in Mexico have entered, for the first time, a 1,500-year-old Maya tomb that was found in the Maya city of Palenque in 1999.

An entrance to a Maya burial chamber is decorated with vibrant red wall murals—the first look scientists have gotten of a mysterious tomb discovered in 1999.

For the first time, a team of researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently entered the tomb, which also contains 11 vessels as well as pieces of jade, according to an INAH statement.

A commonly used color often chosen for royal tomb adornment, red signified blood to the Maya and was considered a sacred life force, said David Stuart, a Maya scholar at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Story: Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic News | Photo: INAH

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