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Archaeologists in Guatemala discover Mayan king’s tomb
Peten, July 27: Looters who tunneled for decades looking for treasure deep underneath Guatemala's Mayan pyramids were outsmarted by archaeologists who earlier month discovered two major royal tombs.
Guatemalan Minister for Culture Manuel Salazar, one of the first to arrive on the scene after the discovery was made, prayed and played the flute at the entrance of one of the tombs. The body of a king adorned jewels was uncovered at the site in Laguna del Tigre National Park and is thought to have been buried more than 1,500 years ago........
....... "It is an impressive and monumental discovery of our Mayan ancestors," he said. (Manuel Salazar, Cultural Minister of Guatemala).....
......That tomb has yet to be totally excavated by judging by the elaborate offerings inside, including a dozen miniature figurines of ball players, elegant women, dwarfs and seated lords found on steps inside the pyramid, archaeologists expect to find more royal remains.
Guatemalan archaeologist Varina Matute said all the remains found point to a royal burial site.
"The discovery was of a person from these parts, the principal person. He was a king because his dress was different and a lot more elaborate than the others. He has an impressive headdress with the image of a jaguar," she said.