Mayan Frieze Reveals Ancient Power Struggle

Found in northern Guatemala, the frieze is 26 feet by nearly 7 feet and depicts human figures in a mythological setting.

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    Photo by Alexandre Tokovinine. ©CMHI of Harvard University/Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul


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    In this June 2013 photo released by Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul, archaeologist Anya Shetler cleans an inscription below a high-relief stucco sculpture recently discovered in the Mayan city of Holmul in the northern province of Peten, Guatemala. The frieze was found at this Mayan pyramid that dates to A.D. 600. It includes three main characters wearing rich ornaments of quetzal feathers and jade sitting on monsters heads. (AP Photo/Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul, Francisco Estrada-Belli)
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    Virtual reconstruction of building A with frieze (AD 600). 

Image by F. Estrada-Belli.©Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul


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    Virtual reconstruction of building A with frieze (AD 600). 

Image by F. Estrada-Belli
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    PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the Discovery at Holmul. Copying, distribution, archiving, sub-licensing, sale, or resale of the image is prohibited.REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: Any and all image uses must (1) bear the copyright notice, (2) be properly credited to the relevant photographer.Name glyph of Ajwosaj, king of Naranjo.â¨Photo by F. Estrada-Belli
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    PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the Discovery at Holmul. Copying, distribution, archiving, sub-licensing, sale, or resale of the image is prohibited.REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: Any and all image uses must (1) bear the copyright notice, (2) be properly credited to the relevant photographer.Name glyph of Och Chan Yopaat, King of Holmul.â¨Photo by F. Estrada-Belli
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    PERMITTED USE: This image may be downloaded or is otherwise provided at no charge for one-time use for coverage or promotion of the Discovery at Holmul. Copying, distribution, archiving, sub-licensing, sale, or resale of the image is prohibited.REQUIRED CREDIT AND CAPTION: Any and all image uses must (1) bear the copyright notice, (2) be properly credited to the relevant photographer.Drawing of Holmul frieze by Alexandre Tokovinine.â¨â¨Â©CMHI of Harvard University/Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul
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