Amazing discovery: Mask of ancient Maya king found in Mexico

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Ancient mask discovered in South Mexico
Ancient mask discovered in South Mexico

New Delhi : Breaking news from Mexico claims that an ancient mask depicting a 7th-century Maya king has been found in southern part of the country. Archaeologists discovered the mask in an architectural complex at Palenque known as El Palacio. 

The discovery in the famous ancient city of Palenque in the Mexican state of Chiapas, reveals the sculpture which symbolizes 7th-century Maya ruler K'inich Janaab 'Pakal, known as “Pakal the Great.” The finding was announced by Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH).

While experts can predict the era of the mask, the origin of it is yet unknown. Yet, the mask expressed the naturalistic size and style of ancient days. 

Other ancient objects found at the site include a figurine that resembles a river shrimp and a glass with lily and fish motifs.

Earlier in 2016, archaeologists at Palenque discovered an underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions, which houses the tomb of Pakal. They also used powerful technology to reveal the lost cities and thousands of ancient structures deep in the Guatemalan jungle, indicating that the Maya kingdom and civilization that time was much more than actually predicted. 

The ruined Palenque is a UNESCO declared world heritage site which exhibits the lost era of Maya civilization. “Palenque was at its height between AD 500 and 700,” explains UNESCO, on its website. “The elegance and craftsmanship of the buildings, as well as the lightness of the sculpted reliefs with their Mayan mythological themes, attest to the creative genius of this civilization.”