Mayan Tomb In Palenque: Tiny Camera Reveals Ancient Secrets

By on Jun 26, 2011 in Amazing, Archaelogy, Science Comments
Mayan tomb in Palenque
Mayan Tomb in Palenque
Image Credit: BBC News

Images of the inside of 1,500 year-old Mayan tomb was finally captured by archaeologists using a tiny video camera, according to reports by several international news sites on June 25, 2011.

Reports said that the scientists were able to get images from the burial chamber in Palenque, a Mayan city-state in what is now Mexico’s Chiapas state in south-eastern Mexico.

About 16 ft down the tomb, the video camera revealed red paint, black figures on the walls, jade and shell fragments believed to be funerary costume.

Scientists are hoping that the new discovery may help them determine the kind of Mayan civilization.

Mexico‘s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) already knew of the tomb in Palenque since 1999.

INAH explained that they were unable to examine the tomb because of “Its difficult location and the work to consolidate the plinth had until now impeded penetration into the enclosure, which jealously guards the remains of a very important person from this ancient Mayan city.”

Archaeologist were able to make a headway by lowering a remote-controlled camera about the size of a matchbox into a narrow shaft of the tomb.

One uniqueness of the Palenque tomb is that their is no sarcophagus present. INAH said that the lack of sarcophagus may be due to “the fragmented bones are lying directly on the stones of the floor.”

According to experts, the tomb dates back to between AD431 and 550, and may belong to K’uk Bahlam I, the first ruler of Palenque or Ix Yohl Ik’nal, the city’s early female ruler.

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