A family in Guatemala has discovered an ancient Mayan mural on the walls of its home.
Lucas Asicona Ramirez found the centuries-old paintings after he started chipping away at plaster in the kitchen of his house in Chajul, Guatemala, the National Geographic reported. Experts beleive these murals most likely belonged to a prominent figure in the past.
The painting has been uncovered for the first time in centuries, and archaeologists are scrambling to document the images, which are fading quickly after exposure to air and light.
“We don’t get a lot of this type of artwork; it’s not commonly preserved in the New World,” said Boston University archaeologist and Guatemalan specialist William Saturno. “It’d be neat to see who the folks were who painted on the wall and why.”
The painting show figures walking in a procession line, and some of the figures may be holding human hearts. They are also dressed in what appear to be a mix of traditional Mayan and Spanish clothing.
One of the Mesoamerican murals depicts a procession of colorful figures clad in a mix of traditional Maya and Spanish dress, with some figures possibly holding human hearts in their hands.
The mural is believed to have been created sometime after the 16th-century Spanish conquest of Guatemala, according to archaeologist Jarosław Źrałka who told National Geographic it has been a long and trying process to get permission to examine homes in the impoverished village. “There’s 500 years of history in this Guatemalan town,” Saturno added.
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