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October 9, 2022

Nearly intact dish from ancient Mayan burial site

This nearly intact dish was found with the burial of a 40 - 45-year-old woman at the ancient Mayan port site Vista Alegre. The style of the dish and radiocarbon dating from the burial site show the dish and associated burial date to between 400 and 250 BC. The designs on the dish include four sets of four lines along the interior sides and three dots in the middle, numbers that correspond to key concepts in the ancient Mayan worldview.

An international team of researchers, supported in part by the U.S. National Science Foundation, is researching the dynamic interplay between social and natural processes that shaped the lives of the ancient Maya over the last 3,000 years. Called "The Proyecto Costa Escondida," or "hidden coast" project, the research focuses on the ancient Mayan port sites of Vista Alegre and Conil.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant BCS 1530245.]

Learn more in the Georgia State University news story Unlocking the secrets of the ancient coastal Maya. (Date of image: ; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 9, 2022)

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Proyecto Costa Escondida


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