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Painted jade mask found in Maya tomb

A 700-year-old painted Jade mask has been found in a classic-era maya tomb in Guatemala. The mask, painted red in with cinnabar paint, was discovered beneath the head of the ruler. Archaeologists at the Mayan period’s most famous site, Tikal, discovered a similar greenstone mask during excavations in the 1960s in

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

Traces of human blood found on Maya arrowheads

Human (and animal) blood has been found on arrowheads collected from five Maya sites in Guatemala. This life force ceremony was one of many discoveries made in a study published recently by Meissner and Rice in the Journal of Archaeological Science. For the study, they examined 108 arrowheads from five sites

Maya stela found in Guatemala

A Maya steal dating back to the 5th century A.D. has been found at El Achiotal in Guatemala. “This stela portrays an early king during one of the more poorly understood periods of ancient Maya history,” said Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of

700-year-old Maya council house found in Guatemala

The remains of a 700-year-old council house has been found at the Chaken Itza Maya site of Nixtun-Ch’ich’ in Guatemala. Located at the site of Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Petén, Guatemala, the house has "two colonnaded halls constructed side by side. The halls were decorated with sculpted [reptile], parrot and turtle imagery," writes

Well-preserved Maya stucco sculpture found in Guatemala

A beautiful stucco sculpture, still with it's colours intact, has been unearthed at the site of a buried pyramid in the Maya city of Holmul in Guatemala. The frieze was on one side of a staircase tomb that was inside a pyramid built by the later rulers of the site. Painted

“End of the World” party damages Maya site

Partiers celebrating the "end of the world" have damaged a temple at the Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala.  "Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage," said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser at the site, which is located some 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of Guatemala City. "We are fine

Tomb of Maya queen found in Guatemala

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