Maya Coronation Scene

The New York Times science writer Kenneth Chang comes through once again!

Within a Maya pyramid in Guatemala, archaeologists have uncovered a large stucco frieze depicting gods and godlike rulers. The lead archaeologist, Francisco Estrada-Belli, told USA Today that the scene probably depicts the crowning of a new king.

maya-frieze(Archeologist cleans surface of large frieze found in Maya pyramid in Guatemala) [1]

The 26 feet by 6 feet frieze dates to about A.D. 590, during the classic period of Maya civilization and a rivalry between two dynasties. An inscription revealed that this site, a small city named Holmul, had switched sides, from the Tikal kingdom to the Kaan kingdom.


[1] Photo credit: European Pressphoto Agency

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