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.
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.
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