Although this tale comes from south of the US border in Mexico, it is so fascinating that it is sure to peak the interests of all who read it. Sealed for 1,500 years, the cold hand of modern technology has finally shed light on the hidden secrets of a Mayan tomb originally discovered in 1999 among the ruins of the Mayan city of Palenque in the hills of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. It is believed to contain the remains of a Mayan leader who ruled between AD 431 and 550.
For the very first time in 1,500 years, the interior of the tomb as it looked so long ago when it was sealed off from the world has been revealed. A tiny remote controlled camera dropped 16 feet (5 meters) deep through a small hole at the top of the jungle-covered pyramid has made it possible to access the tomb’s interior. The camera captured images of blood-red frescoes and black Mayan figures adorning the walls of the ancient tomb and pottery as well as pieces of a funereal shroud made of jade and mother-of-pearl.
The tomb itself was too fragile to break into and the sarcophagus (stone coffin) was not visible. There were bones, however, lying on the stone floor amid chunks of crumbling walls. It is believed that this is the burial site of K’uk’ Bahlam I, who was the first ruler of the city-state.
This rare glimpse into an ancient civilization may help the modern world better understand the early Mayan rulers of whom little is known.
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