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Originally posted by SevenThunders
Dang. Not if I get there first!
Maybe we could recreate Treasure of the Sierra Madre all over again.
Seriously one of those golden tablets of the law would be worth a lot more intact than melted down. If you auctioned it off to the highest bidder, you would see this.
The stuff is probably loaded down with all kinds of demonic curses too.
This all is written in the article, but there are some doubts rising about that story, when you have a look at the details.
Although there are minor findings of gold at some sites (namely gold from Panama in the sacred cenote at Chichen Itza), the handling of gold seems to have been of minor importance to the Pre-Classic Maya.
The Post-Classic Period began around 900 AD. Here some Mayan tribes began to use goldwork. The destruction of the city Atlan is reported for 666 BD (yes, BC!). That is Middle Pre-Classic. We wouldn’t suspect any findings of gold in a city that was destroyed in 666 BC, especially of that amount and type.
Yes, the Maya had a law system, but it was never as complex as it had to be, that you would have to inscribe it on 2156 golden plates.
No single inscription of this very active site, ranging from 400 BC far into the Postclassic Period, mentions Atlán, a capital city or another city nearby that would fit to the description.
There is no word Atlán in any Mayan language. There are however two lakes in Guatemala: Lake Amatitlán and Lake Atitlán. Did someone maybe just cut one syllable more?! A(ma)(ti)tlán…
Originally posted by mikeybiznaz
reply to post by lewman
Sure Im in ......$3995.....but finding a lake 2800 +- yrs old....priceless....mapless and Jeepless