Skip to comments.Archaeologists unearth rare 7th century mask showing Mayan ruler in his old age
Posted on 08/28/2018 11:15:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin
The 20-centimeter (7.8 inch) stucco mask was found by a team with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) during an investigation of the temples ancient drainage system.
Palenque sits in the southern state of Chiapas, on the border of Guatemala.
According to Institute Director Diego Prieto, the mask appears to show the face of K'inich Janaab' Pakal also known as Pacal the Great.
If it is, in fact, Pacal, the experts say it would be the first of its kind.
The mask includes wrinkle lines around the mouth and cheeks, which would make it the first representation we have of an old Pacal, Arnoldo González Cruz from INAH said, according to Mexico News Daily.
Research at the site is aided by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, which provided roughly $500,000 to the effort.
In recent years there have been numerous discoveries that could help to shape our understanding of the Mayan civilization.
Researchers recently found evidence that the societys collapse was brought on by a long period of drought. A team from the universities of Cambridge and Florida analyzed water samples from Mexico's Lake Chichancanab, where the Maya were based.
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It’s Mayan. All Mayan!
Wow, that dude had some beak on ‘em.
>Insert headshot of Helen Thomas here.<
Inca Dinka Doo!
They built up the bridge of the nose with putty often well up onto the forehead. Don't know if it was pure aesthetics or symbolized status.
Pacal is falling into the jaws of the underworld.
King Pakal's Spaceship, The Ancient Mayan Astronaut "Palenque astronaut"
I’m just not a big fan of Erich Von Daniken and his ancient astronauts. Don’t even get me started on the Annunaki.
I’m not a fan of Von Daniken either, but this artifact needs a whole lot more investigation and research, it’s just so out of place imo.
"In reality, the relief shows the World Tree, which the Maya believed had its roots in the underworld, trunk on the earthly plane, and branches high in paradise, and Pacal's relationship to it in death. The king is depicted either at the moment of his death falling from the earthly plane down into Xibalba or at the moment of his resurrection from the underworld, climbing up the World Tree toward paradise. The adornments along the edges represent the sky and other glyphs the sun and moon and, still others, past rulers of Palenque and Pacal's place among them. The bird at the top of the tree is the Bird of Heaven (also known as The Celestial Bird or Principal Bird Deity) who represents the realm of the gods in this piece, and the `urn' beneath Pacal is the entrance to Xibalba." link
I watched an old move with him in it the other day, “The Cuban Love Song,” from 1931.
That’s obviously a tunnel boring machine. Not a spaceship.
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