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Robot Cameras Amazing Tour of 1,500-Year-Old Mayan Tomb

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posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 12:19 PM

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.

LINK to story: Archaeologists Lower Camera Into Early Mayan
Link to Video about the area under dig:
Palenque,famous Pré Colombian archaeological site.Mexico

Man, they are going to have fun with this site. Sounds like a Gold Mine... in a way. Notice the Red. They used a lot of that stuff I have learn since joing ATS.

How lucky are they to have discovered this puppy. I will have to keep my eyes open for developements on this site and the findings.

I will be looking for the video(s) also. I hope you enjoy.

I love this field of study. I think Central & South Americas have a lot to tell us, about our beginnings-one way or the other.

I found these videos on YouTube about Mayan Tombs.

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Mayan King's Tomb Discovered in Guatemala

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posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 12:30 PM
Great find - Thanks
look forward to hearing more about this. There is still so much that we have yet to learn. Still so much 'buried' just waiting to be discovered & uncovered!

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 12:30 PM
Great find! Those Mayans created so many beautiful structures. Those pictures are really nice, and I'm gonna watch the videos in a second.

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 12:34 PM
Some amazing pictures there,it looks really intact as well.This is the sort of thing i wish would get reported more,so interesting finding buriels like this.
how far does this underground buriel chamber go ? probably only a few feet i would imagine.
How has it stayed so well preserved all this time ? i hope we see more of this as it progresses,we could learn so much from the past.

nice thread,always good reading about new findings

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 12:40 PM

It's nice to see an intact tomb even being discovered; let alone being explored digitally!

Let's hope the trend evolves...perhaps 3D scans of a tomb can be made for iPad-type viewing all over the world!

How very intriguing!!!

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 02:03 PM
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That's the spirit I like to see about this topic...

Glad you liked it.

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posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 02:12 PM
already posted

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 05:27 PM
reply to post by HomerinNC

You can have 2 threads if 1 is a Breaking News topic...

posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 10:36 PM
reply to post by Signals

That's what I had been tolld. Thank you though.

I like mine better.

I love the vids.

posted on Jun, 28 2011 @ 12:46 AM
ohhh i was waiting for photos after reading it on the bbc, imagine how many more undisturbed tombs are out there

posted on Jul, 6 2011 @ 12:57 PM
reply to post by ZarbeMomin

Believe me, I wish I could quit my job and become an Indiana Jones in South America.

These recent threads got me all going. I would love to have some awesome satelite imagery to get started.

We probably don't know a fraction of anything about these peoples. Seems to me like A LOT of speculation and poor education is to blame.

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