Sunday, March 08, 2009

Mesoamerican Thingamajig of the Day

American archaeologist Richard Hansen revealed his latest find at El Mirador yesterday: a stucco sculpture dating back to 300BC depicting the 'hero' twins Ixbalanqué and Hunapú recovering the severed head of their father. The frieze is 4m long and 3m tall and decorates a wall which incorporates a series of basins served by a hydraulic system.

With this discovery Mayanists can have no further doubt now that the myths contained in the Popol Vuh are of ancient heritage.

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