Oldest Known Maya Mural Reveal Story of Ancient King
- Just in time for the Winter Solstice.
A photo released by the National Geographic Society shows a detail from
a Maya mural found at San Bartolo in Guatemala. The mural depicts the
birth of the cosmos and the divine right of a king and this portion
shows the son of the maize god, patron of kings, with a pair of birds
tied to his woven hunting basket, letting blood and offering a
sacrificed turkey before one of five cosmic trees. Archaeologist
William Saturno said Tuesday,Dec. 13, 2005, said in a briefing
organized by the National Geographic Society, which supported his work
and will detail the finding in the January issue of its magazine, that
he was awe-struck when he uncovered the 30-foot-long Maya mural, which
had not been seen for nearly two millennia.