New Sarcophagus to Give Fresh Insight Into the Fall of the Maya

Posted: April 15, 2010

Author: Journey Mexico

Posted In: Culture, News

Exploring ruins at Tonina with Journey Mexico

Researches at the archeological site of Tonina in Chiapas found a new sarcophagus in January of 2010, which they feel could help clear up the mystery surrounding the fall of the Mayan civilization. The sarcophagus is said to measure 6.7 feet in length, 27.6 inches in width, and 23.6 inches in depth, which is very similar to the dimensions of “The Red Queen,” who was discovered in 1994 in Palenque, Chiapas.

The archeologists working on the site say that this new sarcophagus dates back to sometime between 840-900 AD, which is right around when the Maya stopped producing sculptures and inscriptions, signaling the end of their dynasty. Scientists hope that the discovery of this sarcophagus and its tomb will shed new light on what was happening at this time of transformation for the Maya.

Zach atop Tonina

This discovery adds to the incredibly long list of reasons to visit the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan and explore the mystery surround such a unique and important culture.

Full article at The Times of India

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