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Shaman figure found guarding shaft tomb in Mexico

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A 1,500-year-old shaman sculpture holding a weapon has been found guarding the entrance of a crypt in Villa de Alverez, Mexico.

It is unusual to find one of the statues intact as many have fallen victim to tomb raiders over the centuries.

The sculpture has a long face and holds a weapon – probably an axe – to guard the shaft tomb which was covered over by slabs of volcanic rock.

It was uncovered by archaeologists at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) who have become the first people to see the sculpture in hundreds of years.

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Story: Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail | Photo: Meliton Tapia, INAH

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