Posted by: Johan Normark | July 28, 2010

The royal tomb at El Zotz

The biggest news in the Mayanist world this summer comes from the site of El Zotz in Guatemala, not far from the much greater site of Tikal. My former external thesis advisor Stephen Houston and his colleagues have discovered an Early Classic royal tomb (roughly A.D. 350-400). The tomb was located under a small temple dedicated to the sun god. In the tomb are carved wood, painted stucco, rope and bowls with finger bones and teeth. There are also bones of six children in the tomb who may have been sacrificed. Brown University has now added a video with this interview of Steve. Watch the three blue crowns on Steve’s yellow cap (01:58). That is the national emblem of Sweden.


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