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A small, remote-controlled camera lowered into an early Mayan tomb in southern Mexico has revealed an apparently intact funeral chamber with offerings and red-painted wall murals.
The floor of the long sealed Mayan tomb appears covered with detritus and it is not immediately evident if it contains recognizable remains. But archaeologist Martha Cuevas said jade and shell fragments discovered are "part of a funerary costume." The burial chamber has a stepped ceiling and a gateway formed by large slabs.
Under the temple archaeological site is a burial chamber containing the remains of a former high official of the Mayan city
The burial chamber inside the pyramid was identified in 1999 during exploration of the temple atop the building.
The tiny video camera was sent down 15 feet through the 6-inch square hole to explore this chamber.
According to experts, it is likely that the fragmented bones of Mayan dignitaries were lain directly on the slabs on the floor.
Inside the mortuary enclosure, the walls of the crypt are clearly decorated with murals. The characteristics of the tomb indicate that the skeletal remains there may represent a sacred ruler of Palenque, probably one of the founders of his dynasty.