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Mexico City: Mexican archaeologists discovered the tomb of a person who may have led a region 1,300 years ago, in what is now the southern state of Oaxaca approximately , said authorities.
In the Copalita main temple site, experts detected a tomb made of stone blocks and measuring 1.8 metres tall and one metre wide containing the bones of a possibly male individual between the ages of 20 and 23, the National Institute of Anthropology and History said.
Project leader Raul Matadamas said the tomb dates back to AD 700 and is the first to be discovered at the site. Although its cultural affiliation has not yet been determined, the tomb could be associated with groups that were in contact with Zapotec Indians from Oaxaca’s central valleys, he added.
The skeleton was accompanied by an offering, including a thigh bone that may have been used as a walking stick, the project leader said.
"Around the tomb we also discovered the burial places of 22 other individuals, most notably a female who was face down, the first time such a position has been found at a pre-Columbian site, which perhaps indicates submission to the individual in the tomb," Matadamas said.