Royal burial found
BY SERGIO MORALES
The finding was presented at the National Palace of Culture and project scientists call him the "most important archaeological discovery of 2012".This structure was located in the park number six, ten feet deep.
Due to the characteristics of the collar bearing the Mayan king, archaeologists called it Chman K'utz vulture-grandfather and, as evidence that investigations reveal, was buried between 400 and 700 a.C., in the Late Classic period, making it the oldest royal burial Mesoamerica discovered so far.
Christa Schieber, technical coordinator Abaj Takalik park, said the burial features Takalik Abaj confirm that was the cradle of Mayan civilization, as the burial has features of the evolution of the Maya Olmec civilization.
Chman K'utz Schieber explained that ruled when it was decided to change the system of astronomical observation and also when they built the first pyramid platforms sacred buildings, which led to the civilization of the Early Classic period.
The archaeologist said that the Mayan priest would have been a very important character in Takalik Abaj.
"The evidence indicates that it was the priest who gathered up all the wisdom," said Schiebers, who reported that the funeral were located along 800 pieces of jade blue, white and green, pottery and a necklace of extraordinary beauty.
Ivonne Putseys, director general of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Sports, said that the discovery will change the history of the study of the Mayan civilization.
"This finding is the most important and earliest in Mesoamerica," said the official.
This is the second royal burial has been discovered in Takalik Abaj after it was revealed in 2002 the first, dating from 150 to. C.
They ask museum
Miguel Orrego, administrative head Takalik Abaj park, said the pieces found remain in a safe place. However, the authorities requested the completion of the museum to be built on the site, for safekeeping and display.
"It takes political will. That's all, because the museum has an increase of 40 percent, "Orrego said.
In response, Putseys said that what is needed are "some paperwork" and said that the work will end next year.
Courtesy Prensa Libre