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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

Maya temple complex found in Belize

A Maya water temple has been found at Cara Blanca in Belize. Nestled in a quiet forest in Belize, a deep aquamarine pool holds ruins from a time when the ancient Maya turned to a "drought cult" and hurried sacrifices to a water god to stave off the fall of their

Two Maya cities found in the Yucatan

The remains of two Maya cities have been found in the Yucatan jungle. A monster mouth doorway, ruined pyramid temples and palace remains emerged from the Mexican jungle as archaeologists unearthed two ancient Mayan cities. Found in the southeastern part of the Mexican state of Campeche, in the heart of the Yucatan

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

Decapitated Maya found in 1,400-year-old mass grave

Archaeologists working in the Maya city of Uxul unearthed a mass grave containing the remains of 24 decapitated and dismembered people. "Aside from the large number of interred individuals, it already became apparent during the excavation that the skeletons were no longer in their original anatomical articulation," says the archaeologist Nicolaus

Maya Jaguar sculpture fragments found in El Salvador

Archaeologists have found 160 fragments of maya sculptures, believed to be jaguars, in the Cihuatan archaeological park. The fragments were found in a structure built against the perimetric wall of the Cihuatan ceremonial center, a site of Mayan origin located some 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Aguilares, a town north of

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

19 stelae found in newly discovered Mayan city

Archaeologists have identified 19 inscribed stelae at the recently discoveed Mayan city of Chactun. The expert in epigraphy, who is part of the expedition endorsed by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), and who advanced deep into the Biosphere Reserve of Calakmul, explained that from the pieces found at