1500 year-old Mayan altar found in the North of Guatemala, has allowed to reconstruct the events that resemble episodes of the famous TV series “Game of thrones”. The limestone monument was found in La Corona, close to the border with Mexico and Belize.
It is reported PhysOrg.
The head of the excavation Thomas Barrientos noted that the altar is decorated with images of the local owner Chuck Talk C aahca who sits on the throne and holds a scepter, and his figures leave two gods, patrons of the city. A stone slab of size 1,46×1,2 meters exactly dated. From Maya hieroglyphs known that the event depicted on the bas-relief for may 12, 544. Thanks to another discovery, about 20 years later Chuck Talk C of aahk also took control of the neighboring city of El Peru-Waka. Archaeological excavations helped to reconstruct the events that led to the founding of the dynasty was Canul.
It turns out that the rulers of La Corona the past dozen years of war with its main rival city of Tikal. In 562 g. they managed to win in the next two centuries to rule over the entire region. The rulers of La-Crown was assured a victory because they have found allies in smaller cities around Tikal. To achieve the purpose, they used a variety of ways, including marriage.
“This altar shows us the part of Guatemala’s history 1,500 years ago. I would call it mayansky version of “Game of thrones”. There are also rivalries between cities and families to gain power over the territories”, – noted Barrientos.
“The altar is a beautiful artefact, which tells us that there were rulers who for the sake of his purpose entered into alliances to be able to compete with a powerful enemy, in this case Tilem. The capital of the Snake Kingdom, whose ruler was chak Tok C of aahk was Zbane. It extended their power North to Guatemala, Belize and the Mexican state of Campeche. In the end, the Kingdom was defeated Calem. Information about what happened, how it happened, as he formed alliances, tells us a lot about contemporary politics and struggle in these lands,” added Barrientos.
Conducting archaeological research on the border of Guatemala, Mexico and Belize is extremely dangerous because the region is crawling with drug smugglers, gangs that Rob monuments, criminals and illegal farmers destroy the forest.