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Ancient Maya stone altar recovered in Guatemala

Ancient Maya stone altar recovered in Guatemala
trefwoorden: Guatemala - Maya's - altaar - 8e eeuw
An unprecedented collaboration of archeologists, Maya villagers and Guatemalan authorities has resulted in the recovery of a magnificent Maya altar stone that was carved in 796 AD and sheds new light on the collapse of the classic Maya civilization.
In addition to the altar’s archeological importance, its recovery illustrates the value of working with indigenous peoples to restore ancient ruins. Archaeologist Arthur Demarest of Vanderbilt University, who helped recover the altar from the looters’ hideout, said the relic is one of the finest Maya altars known and provides important clues about one of the wealthiest Maya kingdoms.

Lees verder bij: Innovations Report (11 november 2003)