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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Earliest Known Maya Painting Discovered

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Check out this well edited video of an Archaeology team traveling to Guatemala to uncover a Myan painting which is the earliest piece of Myan artwork ever discovered. It is apparently 700 years older than historians believed possible. These history nerds are very excited, they look like they want to weep with joy.
Archaeologists today revealed the final section of the earliest known Maya mural ever found, saying that the find upends everything they thought they knew about the origins of Maya art, writing, and rule.

The painting was the last wall of a room-size mural to be excavated. The site was discovered in 2001 at the ancient Maya city of San Bartolo in the lowlands of northeastern Guatemala.

The painting dates to 100 B.C., proving that stories of creation and kings—and the use of elaborate art and writing to tell them—were well established more than 2,000 years ago, 700 years earlier than previously believed.

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Link (via Boing Boing)