(ORDO NEWS) — During the latest archaeological excavations that were carried out in Mexico, experts found the head of the Mayan corn god.
She was at the bottom of a reservoir made by artificial means. The head lay in a tank, the length of which reached almost three meters.
Representatives of an ancient civilization used a huge head to perform certain rituals. An artifact over 1300 years old was placed in a pond, which supposedly meant the entry of a god into the underworld.
The stone sculpture was discovered quite by accident. Specialists carried out restoration work in the ancient Mayan city of Palenque. The head was presumably made in the Late Classic period, around 700-850 AD.
Palenque is estimated to have been abandoned around 800 AD. The Spaniards came to its territory only in the 1520s.
The city became famous for having incredibly beautiful architecture, as well as sculptures left by the Mayan civilization. That is why the experts were not at all surprised when they discovered such an interesting find.
The Mayan god of corn was called Hunahpu. He was considered one of the main deities due to the fact that he was directly related to agricultural culture. The sculpture acts as an offering.
The god’s head was in a tank that had three walls. Archaeologists noticed a nose and a slightly open mouth under a thin layer of soil.
Experts noted that the Mayans from Palenque were constantly trying to revive the mysterious entrance to the underworld and for this they used a variety of offerings.
The head was 45 cm long, 16 cm wide and 22 cm high. Experts emphasized that the statue has rather elegant features.
The head has a forked and at the same time sharp collections, the lips are thin and protrude slightly outward, the lower lip is slightly lowered, so the upper incisors are visible.
The sculpture of the god has slightly rounded cheekbones, large eyes and a long forehead.
Archaeologists said that after the end of the ritual, the god was buried under a limestone slab. Additionally, other objects were present in the “grave”.
Scientists have found the remains of processed bones, ceramics, small figurines, fragments of obsidian blades, beads, and more.
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