A team of San Diego scientists was not expecting to find a precious jade pendant fit for a Maya king during a recent dig in southern Belize. But in 2015, they dug up the second largest Maya jade ever found in Belize, and they said their discovery may provide a snapshot of a civilization beset by climate change.
The jade pendant was unearthed in Nim Li Punit, Belize. At the height of Maya civilization, this site would’ve been more of a frontier outpost than a central metropolis.
Story: David Davner, KPBS | Photo: Katie Schoolov