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2009-03-14 14:15:00

Archaeologists have unearthed stucco panels carved with images of cosmic gods, monsters and serpents in the northern jungles of Guatemala.  The two panels, each 26 feet long and stacked on top of each other, were created around 300 BC and are the oldest known depictions of a notorious Mayan legend, the Popol Vuh.It took investigators excavating El Mirador three months to uncover the carvings, said Richard Hansen, the site's lead researcher, during an interview with Reuters on Wednesday....

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2009-03-12 11:31:49

Archeologists in Guatemala's northern jungle have uncovered carved stucco panels from the Mayan civilization that depict cosmic monsters, gods and serpents that are the oldest known depictions of a famous Mayan creation myth, Reuters reported. Experts believe the panels were created around 300 BC and show scenes from the core Mayan mythology, the Popol Vuh.  Both panels are 26 feet long and stacked on top of each other. The site's head researcher, Richard Hansen, said on Wednesday that...

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2008-08-16 15:14:24

A maze of stone temples in underground caves which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld have been discovered by Mexican archaeologists. Explorers said some of the caves were submerged in water and contained human bones. Scuba clad divers discovered the stone ruins of eleven sacred temples and what could be the remains of human sacrifices at the site in the Yucatan Peninsula. Mayans believed the underground complex of water-filled caves leading into dry...

2005-10-29 10:50:48

(Corrects fifth paragraph to read: Gibson achieved fame with lucrative movies like the epic "The Patriot") A corrected repetition follows: By Tim Gaynor VERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Actor Mel Gibson, who turned a Latin script on the crucifixion of Christ into box office gold last year, is in Mexico to shoot his latest film: an action movie shot entirely in an ancient Mayan tongue. The star turned independent director was in the eastern state of Veracruz this week where he is to film...

2005-10-28 16:04:09

By Tim Gaynor VERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Actor Mel Gibson, who turned a Latin script on the crucifixion of Christ into box office gold last year, is in Mexico to shoot his latest film: an action movie shot entirely in an ancient Mayan tongue. The star turned independent director was in the eastern state of Veracruz this week where he is to film "Apocalypto," a thriller set in an ancient Mayan settlement and shot in the Yucatec dialect. "It's set before the Conquest, so there are...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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