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"Lo and behold, we have this wonderful frieze full of characters," Estrada-Belli said. "One of them might be the guy who's buried in this building. We just don't know."
The archaeologists haven't yet gotten a chance to see what's inside the building they found inside the larger pyramid. And due to the onset of the rainy season in Guatemala
The frieze depicts three human figures wearing elaborate bird headdresses and jade jewelry. They are seated cross-legged over the head of a Maya mountain spirit. A cartouche on their headdresses identifies each of them by name. The central figure's name is the only readable one: Och Chan Yopaat, meaning "the storm god enters the sky."
Guatemalan antiquity officials announced the discovery of the stucco frieze, some 30 feet long and 6 feet tall, unearthed on the inside of a pyramid at the Maya city site of Holmul.
"It is one of the most fabulous things I have ever seen," says archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli of the Holmul Archaeological Project. "The preservation is wonderful because it was very carefully packed with dirt before they started building over it."
The frieze was on one side of a staircase tomb that was inside a pyramid built by the later rulers of the site. Painted red, with details in blue, yellow and green, it depicts three men wearing bird headdresses and jade jewels seated cross-legged over the head of a mountain spirit. It is likely a depiction of the crowning of a new ruler at the site around the year 590, according to Estrada-Belli,
The discovery was actually made by starting from a trench excavated by would-be looters, he says, who dug in the wrong direction. "We made a fortunate turn," he says. "All my wishes were fulfilled."
The find came as archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli's team excavated in a tunnel left open by looters.
An inscription below the figures tells us that this edifice was commissioned by the ruler of Naranjo, a powerful kingdom to the south of Holmul. In the dedication, king "Ajwosaj Chan K'inich" claims to have restored the local ruling line and patron deities.
Aj Wosal Chan K'inich acceded to rulership at the age of twelve or under and ruled for an impressive sixty-nine years or more.
The number of vessels in the tomb as well as their iconography bore clear references to the nine lords of the underworld as well as to the aged sun god of the underworld. There were two sets of nine polychrome-painted bowls decorated with the water lily motif, each made by a different artist. There were also nine red-painted plates and one spouted tripod plate decorated with the image of the god of the underworld emerging from a shell.
Originally posted by Kantzveldt
reply to post by Chamberf=6
Well it's funny i presented the thread on the Sumerian Storm God Anzu bird in the Aliens and Ufos forum, and someone was asking me there if i could think of South American equivalent, so here we go meet Chan Yopaat
Originally posted by Kantzveldt
reply to post by ERagerz
You're welcome, this will re-ignite disputes regarding Mayan Deities launching into the skies.
reply to post by Arken
Tahnk you kindly Arken, this find is certainly interesting.edit on 8-8-2013 by Kantzveldt because: (no reason given)
Can clearly see what looks like 'Engines' underneath the 'Sky God'.