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Obsidian artifacts found at Maya site

42 obsidian artifacts has been found at the Maya site of Ceibal in Guatemala.

The precious rocks were thought to hold special spiritual or supernatural significance for the Preclassical Mayan people. The obsidian stones were discovered in Ceibal, Guatemala, with details reported in a study in the Journal of Field Archaeology.

In one burial at the site, obsidian stones were found in a grave for two sacrificed children, between two and four years of age. The children were buried face to face, with a long obsidian blade and an unshaped piece of obsidian alongside them.

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Story: Martha Henriques, IBT | Photo: Takeshi Inomata / Journal of Field Archaeology

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