Mayan

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have found an “extraordinary” Mayan frieze richly decorated with images of deities and rulers and a long dedicatory inscription.

The frieze was discovered by Guatemalan archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, a professor at Tulane University’s Anthropology Department, and his team in the northern Province of Peten, the government said in a joint statement with Estrada-Belli.

“This is an extraordinary finding that occurs only once in the life of an archaeologist,” Mr Estrada-Belli said.

The archaeologists were exploring a Mayan pyramid that dates to 600 A.D. in an area that is home to other classic ruin sites when they came upon the frieze.

“It’s a great work of art that also gives us a lot of information on the role and significance of the building, which was the focus of our research,” Mr Estrada-Belli said.

The high-relief stucco sculpture, which measures 8 metres by 2 metres, includes three main characters wearing rich ornaments of quetzal feathers and jade sitting on the heads of monsters.

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