Skip to comments.New Maya Olmec Archeological Find in Guatemala [Takalik Abaj]
Posted on 11/03/2008 5:01:49 AM PST by SunkenCiv
It is known that the fragments of this enigmatic sculptures were placed into the buildings during the second part of the Late Pre- Classic Period (Phase Ruth 200 BC - 150 AD), which is when the early Mayan culture was florishing. Therefore this sculpture must have been carved before this time.
There are two possibilities, it was carved at the start of the early Mayan era, or a little earlier, when the changes in Tak'alik Ab'aj from the Olmec era to the Mayan era was taking place, what is called the transition period. Could it be that the early Mayan sculptor wanted to invoke the preceding Olmec culture as ancestors, as it later appears in the Mayan steles, where the ancestors are depicted watching from the heavens to protect and legitimize the power of the ruler represented below?
The sculpture of the Carrier of the Ancestor of Tak'alik Ab'aj is an unprecedented finding. The monument is unique and represents a great challenge for archaeologists.
According to the latest opinions of the world's most famous Mayan archaeology experts, there is so much about the Mayan civilization that is not jet known, so many archaeological sites that are jet to be excavated and studied, that they predict that the classic concepts about Mayan history will change dramatically over the next 20 years. In Guatemala alone, most of the archaeological sites that are considered Mayan have not yet been excavated. Vast geographical areas full of Mayan cities and monuments are still covered by earth and jungle.
(Excerpt) Read more at guatemala-times.com ...
Takalik Abaj was the Moslem who founded the Olmec and Mayan civilizations. /sarc
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Some of them were moved from “La Venta” to Villa Hermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.
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