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Posted on Saturday, March 14 - 2009

Archaeologists have uncovered carved stucco panels depicting cosmic monsters, gods and serpents in Guatemala's northern jungle. They are the oldest known depictions of a famous Mayan creation myth.

The 26ft long panels were created around 300 BC and show scenes from the core Mayan mythology, the Popol Vuh. It took investigators three months to uncover the carvings while excavating El Mirador, the biggest ancient Mayan city in the world, the site's head researcher, Richard Hansen said.

The Maya built soaring temples and elaborate palaces in Central America and southern Mexico, dominating the region for some 2,000 years, before mysteriously abandoning their cities around 900 AD.

The El Mirador basin was deserted much earlier with the large urban population leaving a complex network of roads and waterways and a massive pyramid now covered under thick vegetation.

The earliest written version of the Popol Vuh was discovered in the early 1700s by a Spanish colonial priest and the panels are the first known sculptural depictions of the main characters in the myth - two hero twins, Hansen said.

'This is pre-Christian, it has tremendous antiquity and shows again the remarkable resilience of an ideology that's existed for thousands of years,' Mr Hansen from Idaho State University said.

On one panel, the twins are depicted surrounded by cosmic monsters and above them is a bird deity with outstretched wings. On the other, there is a Mayan corn god framed by an undulating serpent, said Mr Hansen who worked as a consultant for Mel Gibson's 2006 movie about the Maya, "Apocalypto."

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Posted on Wednesday, August 28 - 2013

The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu.
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Archaeologists in Peru are using unmanned military drones to aid in their efforts to map ancient ruins. Home to the world famous Machu Picchu, Peru"s treasure trove of several thousand archaeologicalsites has made it a top tourist destination for visitors from all over the world.

In recent years however some of these sites have come under threat from opportunistic miners, prompting authorities to come up with new ways to monitor and protect the country"s ancient heritage.Typically used for military strikes and surveillance, drones have turned out to be an ideal solution to help establish boundaries and to protect these sites from squatters and miners.Their three-dimensional mapping capabilities havealso been able to provide archaeologists with new information about both existing locations and sites that have yet to be excavated."With this technology, I was able to do in a few days what had taken me years to do," said archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo. "We have always wanted to have a bird"s-eye view of where we are working."

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Posted on Saturday, July 20 - 2013

A tablet found in Guatemala has revealed fascinating new details of a dark period in Mayan history.The tablet was discovered beneath the main temple within the ancient city of El Perú-Waka’ and dates back to 564 AD. By studying the hieroglyphics on the tablet, archaeologists have been able to piece together the story of the "snake queen", Lady Ikoom, who preceded one of thegreatest queens in Mayan history, Lady K’abel, whose reign lasted more than two decades."Great rulers took pleasure in describing adversity as a prelude to ultimate success," said research director David Freidel.

"Here the Snake queen, Lady Ikoom, prevailed in the end." "A tablet found in a tunnel beneath the main temple of the ancient Mayan city El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala has revealed secrets of whatarchaeologists describe as a “dark period” in Mayan history."  

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Posted on Saturday, June 29 - 2013

Archaeologists have been studying the ruins at Tikal to determine how many Mayans used to live there.The Mayan civilization was advanced and prosperous, with the enigmatic pyramid-filled Tikal flourishing for well over 300 years. While we know much about the Mayans, their lifestyles and the ruins they left behind, one thing that remains in question is just how many of them there were. To find this out,researchers have been sifting through the soil in Tikal to find clues in its chemistry.While estimates vary it is thought that there were up to 100,000 people living in Tikal at the height of the Mayan civilization.

"Dirt analysis may not be as sexy as digging up a jade mask from a former Maya king, but now we can answer more questions about the regular people that made up this ancient civilization," said researcher Chris Balzotti. "Thepyramid-filled Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological complexes in Central America."  

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