They discover the remains of a couple of Mayan kings from 1,500 years ago in Guatemala

They discover the remains of a couple of Mayan kings from 1,500 years ago in Guatemala

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A team of researchers working on one of the three pyramids of the archaeological city of Holmul, in the Guatemalan jungle, reported the discovery of remains of a couple of Mayan kings approximately 1,500 years ago.

“We're pretty sure he's the king because we found a large vase with the name of a very important king of a nearby city that controlled this one ”, affirmed the archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli.

He added that “only the monarchs of civilization could possess this type of object”.

Besides skeletons of the mayan kings, the team found the skull of a child, who was apparently euthanized, and a large number of valuable objects suggesting the status of the people in the grave.

This finding is related to LIDAR technology, which allowed find 60,000 Mayan structures in the jungle of Guatemala, ranging from pyramids to entire cities.

The discovery of a Holmul king and queen as seen in @NatGeoChannel Lost Treasures of the Maya. Read about it in the 2018 excavation report. Many thanks to @pacunam, @McdGuate @ncalm_uh @MARI_Tulane, and the Holmul team.

- Francisco Estrada-Belli (@F_EstradaBelli) March 26, 2019

That finding revealed that the Mayan civilization was even more complex and interconnected than was supposed.

The archeologist Stephen Houston, from Brown University and one of the researchers of this archaeological project, explained that “in the area were found signs of attacks perpetrated on the site, destroyed buildings, burned and monuments with images of disfigured kings, which suggests a high level of conflict for centuries ", and sentenced saying that" there is an almost palpable sense of fear in this landscape. "

Via Francisco Estrada-Belli.

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