Maya frieze found in Guatemala

Maya frieze found in Guatemala

During an inspection in the Petén region, in Guatemala, l’team of archaeologists led by Professor Francisco Estrada-Belli she found herself in front of one discovery of exceptional documentary and historical value, an imposing frieze eight meters long and two high dating back to 590 d.C. circa, in excellent condition.

The structure is part of the external decoration of a temple inside which could be the tombs of the kings of Holmul, an ancient Mayan city now buried.

The frieze depicts three human figures sitting cross-legged, wearing flashy jade jewelry and voluminous bird-shaped headdresses.

They are almost certainly three dead kings and later ascended to the rank of deity, of which only one of the names with which they are marked is legible: And Chan Yopaat, or “the god of the storm enters heaven(Photo gives: nationalgeographic.it).

Detail of the Mayan frieze found in Guatemala

Detail of the Mayan frieze found in Guatemala