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October 9, 2022

Figurine heads dating to the Middle Preclassic period

These figurine heads are some of the oldest artifacts recovered by researchers at the ancient Mayan port site Vista Alegre. Based on their style, these heads date to the Middle Preclassic period (800 – 400 BC), the time period when people first settled at Vista Alegre.

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: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 09, 2022)

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Proyecto Costa Escondida

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