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"Dramatic" New Maya Temple Found, Covered With Giant Faces [ El Zotz ]
National Geographic News ^ | Friday, July 20, 2012 | Ker Than

Posted on 07/22/2012 8:12:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar.

Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya.

Unlike the relatively centralized Aztec and Inca empires, the Maya civilization -- which spanned much of what are now Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico's Yucatán region (Maya map) -- was a loose aggregation of city-states.

"This has been a growing awareness to us since the 1990s, when it became clear that a few kingdoms were more important than others," said Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston, who announced the discovery of the new temple Thursday.

El Zotz, in what's now Guatemala, was one of the smaller kingdoms, but one apparently bent on making an big impression.

By 2010 archaeologists working on a hilltop near the ancient city center had discovered 45-foot-tall (13-meter-tall) Diablo Pyramid, Atop it they found a royal palace and a tomb, believed to hold the city's first ruler, who lived around A.D. 350 to 400.

Around the same time, Houston and a colleague spotted the first hints of the Temple of the Night Sun, behind the royal tomb on Diablo Pyramid. Only recently, though, have excavations uncovered the unprecedented artworks under centuries of overgrowth.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: 250ad; 350ad; ad350; belize; elzotz; godsgravesglyphs; guatemala; jaguar; maya; mayans; mexico; nightsun; yucatan
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The Maya sun god as shark-man -- one of his several guises on a newfound monument in Guatemala. Photograph courtesy Edwin Román, Brown University

Temple of the Night Sun

1 posted on 07/22/2012 8:12:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

In before the El Zotz?


2 posted on 07/22/2012 8:17:21 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: SunkenCiv

Such a happy, pleasant culture.

:)


3 posted on 07/22/2012 8:17:37 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: SunkenCiv

At first read, I thougt it said “covered with giant feces”.


4 posted on 07/22/2012 8:18:45 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: shibumi

So...do all the people who bought the panicky 2012 books get a refund, now?

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120510-maya-2012-doomsday-calendar-end-of-world-science/


5 posted on 07/22/2012 8:20:47 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Lots of guys with primitive stone hand tools built these things.

REALLY! NO FOOLING!!


6 posted on 07/22/2012 8:21:40 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Love the cartoon that showed the two Mayans carving a wheel and the one says, “Well, we’re out of room on this one.” The other one says, “That’s really gonna mess up some people in the future.”


7 posted on 07/22/2012 8:23:31 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Uh-oh, El Zotz? Guess we know what happened to that Mayan city.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


8 posted on 07/22/2012 8:31:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ecomcon

LOL Me, too.


9 posted on 07/22/2012 8:33:17 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SunkenCiv

Yup.

Barbaric.


10 posted on 07/22/2012 8:33:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Salamander

I always said that the guy making the calendar just ran out of space on the rock.

I quit counting on stuff like this when the Y2K crash didn’t fry the IRS computers and save me.


11 posted on 07/22/2012 8:35:57 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

Oh no you don’t!

*I* said that!

LOL


12 posted on 07/22/2012 8:42:59 AM PDT by Salamander (I laugh to myself at the men and the ladies who never conceived of us billion dollar babies.)
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 07/22/2012 8:43:56 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Uh-oh, El Zotz? Guess we know what happened to that Mayan city.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


14 posted on 07/22/2012 8:48:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

“When it became clear that a few kingdoms were more important than others” - ohhhhh.....liberal kingdoms.......


15 posted on 07/22/2012 8:49:29 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ecomcon

LOL! That’s what I read as well.


16 posted on 07/22/2012 8:50:23 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SunkenCiv

Ehhhhh....looks like hillary Clinton to me......


17 posted on 07/22/2012 8:50:27 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv
"Covered with Giant Faces"

FReepers are slipping. Nearly twenty posts and no picture of Helen Thomas.

18 posted on 07/22/2012 8:52:07 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Judging from the portraits, they also used their teeth.


19 posted on 07/22/2012 8:53:53 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama Kills))
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To: Admin Moderator
Is this the secret Moderator headquarters?

/johnny

20 posted on 07/22/2012 8:56:04 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for posting. I’ve always wanted to go see this stuff.


21 posted on 07/22/2012 8:56:50 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Bring LOTS of bug dope if you do go. I got malaria there. It is incredible though.


22 posted on 07/22/2012 9:01:31 AM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: SunkenCiv

“Dramatic” New Maya Temple Found, Covered With Giant Faces [ El Zotz ] Covered With Giant Zitz [ El Zitz ]


23 posted on 07/22/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (??? . what??? Who knew? .)
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To: SunkenCiv

One can only imagine what sadism and butchery occurred within its walls. Then again, one doesn’t have to imagine too much, given how their ancestors behave these days.


24 posted on 07/22/2012 9:04:07 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SunkenCiv
When I talk to idiots who think the Mayan Calender predicts our DOOM in December 2012, I point out these are the same people who would rip out the beating hearts of their war conquests and throw them down the steps of their temples...by the hundreds to appease their sun god...

Of course these same people had the ability to predict the end of the world as we know it...

Right!!!

25 posted on 07/22/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT by Popman (In a place you only dream of Where your soul is always free)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Not according barry


26 posted on 07/22/2012 9:19:21 AM PDT by xp38
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To: LS; Salamander; shibumi; Popman

LOL!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2909280/posts?page=7#7


27 posted on 07/22/2012 9:19:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ecomcon

I thought so too.


28 posted on 07/22/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: martin_fierro

Karig his heart to old El Zotzy.


29 posted on 07/22/2012 9:20:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blueunicorn6

That’s kinda offensive to the Mayan night sun god.


30 posted on 07/22/2012 9:20:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hebrews 11:6

The ones who used to do that finally burned out their retinas.


31 posted on 07/22/2012 9:21:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bigheadfred; Carthego delenda est

Wholeheartedly agree. I hope there are more pics — archaeologica had two earlier articles linked last week, and I didn’t get around to posting either one; there’s some other pics there.


32 posted on 07/22/2012 9:22:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: bunkerhill7

;’) El Zatz not all, folkz.


33 posted on 07/22/2012 9:23:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: montag813
...one doesn't have to imagine too much, given how their ancestors behave these days.
Another one of Douglas Adams' accidents with a contraceptive in a time machine?


34 posted on 07/22/2012 9:24:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ecomcon; madison10; rabidralph; PghBaldy

There were 95 of ‘em. /stolenjokerimshot

It did, but the mods changed it. ;’)


35 posted on 07/22/2012 9:26:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: xp38; ConradofMontferrat; Hardraade

LOL!


36 posted on 07/22/2012 9:28:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Didn’t Barry Weiss find one of those stucco masks in a storage bin auction in Azusa?


37 posted on 07/22/2012 9:31:55 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just in time for the Mayan-end-of-all-things!


38 posted on 07/22/2012 9:32:35 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If Bill Ayers had a son, he'd look like James Holmes.)
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To: SunkenCiv

39 posted on 07/22/2012 9:34:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (If Bill Ayers had a son, he'd look like James Holmes.)
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To: Popman
Of course these same people had the ability to predict the end of the world as we know it...

According to their legends, "visitors" told them of these things. One such diety, Kukulcan, was known by many names by different past cultures.

40 posted on 07/22/2012 9:36:59 AM PDT by Errant
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To: SunkenCiv; Carthego delenda est

I looked around. Even over at the Brown website. Pretty much the same limited offering.


41 posted on 07/22/2012 9:38:07 AM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: Errant
One such diety, Kukulcan, was known by many names by different past cultures.

Kukulcan. I like that name. I'll file it away with the name of the town of Cucuta, Colombia that I visited early this year.

42 posted on 07/22/2012 9:39:34 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: SunkenCiv

If Obama had a son, he’d look just like this.


43 posted on 07/22/2012 9:43:10 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: PJ-Comix

Cucuta, Colombia - sounds like barter opportunities abound.


44 posted on 07/22/2012 9:51:05 AM PDT by Errant
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To: SunkenCiv
Covered With Giant Faces

45 posted on 07/22/2012 10:06:21 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: montag813

As soon as the Muslims win,they destroy the Maya temples. The depravity will continue in the video taping of Muslim “freedom fighters” beheading captives to honor THEIR false god.


46 posted on 07/22/2012 10:47:17 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: ecomcon; SunkenCiv

LOL!

So did I!


47 posted on 07/22/2012 10:54:04 AM PDT by Monkey Face (I'm a kleptomaniac, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056725/

Zotz! (1962) Comedy | Horror | Fantasy

Jonathan Jones (perpetual TV actor Tom Poston), a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or kill. Soon, he’s pursued by enemy spies who have learned about the magic coin.

Also stars Jim Backus, and produced and directed by the one and only William Castle.


48 posted on 07/22/2012 10:56:06 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: montag813
Then again, one doesn’t have to imagine too much, given how their ancestors behave these days.

Been watching that new "Maya Ghost Stories" series again?

;^)

49 posted on 07/22/2012 10:57:17 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SunkenCiv
I already know what the ancient astronaut theorist with the weird hair doo is going to say about that carving.........
50 posted on 07/22/2012 11:04:45 AM PDT by Ditter
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