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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

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

Maya sculpture found in Mexico

A piece of a Maya sculpture has been found in Chiapas, Mexico. Locals accidentally uncovered an ancient Mayan artefact while clearing debris on privately-owned land in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The monument, believed to be the head of the Mayan god of maize and abundance, dates back to the late classical

Inscribed jade pendant found in Belize

An inscribed jade pendant has been found at the Maya frontier site of Nim Li Punit in Belize. 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

Maya tomb found in Belize

A Maya tomb containing skeletal remains has been discovered at Xunantunich in Belize. History was made as archaeologist, Dr. Jaime Awe, excavated the first tomb to be discovered in Xunantunich. The tomb lies five to eight meters below the surface and contains more than mere dust and debris. Within the tomb, archaeologists

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

Subterranean river found underneath Mexican pyramid

A subterranean river has been found 20 metres beneath El Castillo, the main Maya pyramid at Chichén Itzá. Geophysics expert Rene Chavez said on Thursday that the underground river chamber is naturally covered by rock. Such underground rivers often connect the open cenotes, or sinkhole lakes, that dot Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. The