In El Peru Waka, a small settlement in Northern Guatemala, one scientist stumbled upon the tomb of a Mayan ruler. They proceeded to secure the lost tomb so that robbers wouldn’t steal the valuable artifacts. Soon they had investigated the grave and found the remains of the mummified person. Further investigation proved the guesses that it was male. The body was wrapped in linen and silk and placed on top of offerings. The jewelry and offerings in the tomb left research co-investigator David Freidel believing that
the person used to be an important leader. There is no proof that this tomb actually belonged to a king, but they might be getting somewhere due to the bones left long ago. Their hypothesis is that the remains used to belong to king Te’ Chan Ahk (just some name you’ve never heard of.) The researchers think that he was an early part of the Centipede Dynasty or the Waka which lasted from the fourth century to the eighth century. Investigation of the artifacts has shown that the artifacts dated from 300 AD to 350 AD. This is one of the earliest royal tombs found in Guatemala. In 2012, the same team that discovered this tomb revealed a different impressive discovery. They discovered a tomb that belonged to “Lady Snake Lord” (another name you haven’t heard of), a queen who was important. The tomb was unstable with some of the walls obliterated. The team of researchers believe that this is due to attacks from neighboring communities. One artifact found in the tomb was a red jasper mask depicting both the now long gone king, as well as the Mayan god of maize corn. It was common that important people are seen as gods or religious figures. In total, 22 artifacts have be recovered intact, 20 of them being offerings, and also including a pot and the mask. Damien Marken, a researcher involved in the project noted that the death could have been sudden because these vessels appeared to have been made hastily. He thought that because the pots lack symmetry, which is commonly found in Mayan artifacts. Among the vessels with offerings, the team didn’t find much, but they believe that the jars were once filled with tamales and chocolates, both being things to accompany the dead as they passed on to the afterlife. Also, there was probably nicotine and ginseng root used for ancient funeral rituals. The team says that there is plenty more to uncover, and that they will resume soon…
The main reason that I chose this article was because I am a HUGE fan of archaeology. This report practically had my name on it. I love reading articles about this new discovery that will change the world or that groundbreaking new thing that every news channel will have on. Lately, with tech constantly getting more advanced, it seems that every single day, you’re hearing “something new and awesome that will change the face of the planet.” Me? I think it’s great. I can never get enough. I hope to be an archaeologist when I grow up. So there’s a pretty good summary of why I chose this article.
By Jake 4L