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Maya ball-game carving found in Belize

Stone panels bearing the images of Maya ball-game players have been found at Tipan Chen Uitz in Belize.

The discovery of these two panels reinforces the idea that the Maya people would have placed a lot of importance on the ballgame, and suggests that it helped the Maya connect with different communities in their vast network, the researchers said.

“[These monuments] speak to the extent to which Tipan was embedded in these very complex political relationships between ruling elites across the Maya area,” said study senior researcher Christopher Andres, an adjunct research associate at Michigan State University who specializes in Maya archaeology.

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Story: Laura Geggel, Live Science | Photo: Christophe Helmke; Copyright Antiquity

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