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2000-yr-old Mayan mural found
 
Buried in a tunnel deep in Guatemala’s northern jungle, archeologists have uncovered the final and most elaborate wall of a 2000-years-old Mayan mural, linked to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel by its finder.

By Archeologist William Saturno




Gautemala City: Buried in a tunnel deep in Guatemala’s northern jungle, archeologists have uncovered the final and most elaborate wall of a 2000-years-old Mayan mural, linked to the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel by its finder.

Archeologist William Saturno, of the University of New Hampshire, first discovered the sacred mural in San Bartolo in 2001 and this year’s excavated the ‘crown jewel’ of the painting. The wall proves the ancient Maya, known for their prowess in astronomy and mathematics, employed the same royal coronation rites for some 800 years.

The Mayans dominated southern Mexico and parts of Central American for some 1,500 years, building advanced civilizations, unit the Spanish conquered them 500 years ago. Million of Mayan Indians still live in the region. The western wall of the underground room, from around 100 BC, depicts the Mayan creation myth and the coronation of a king, with more colors and elaborate brush work than had ever been seen to Mayan artwork.

 

“It was like discovering the Sistine Chapel if you didn’t know there had been a Renaissance,” Saturno said on Tuesday. “It’s like knowing only modern art and then stumbling on the finger of god touching the hand of Adam,” he said.   

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