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Stone-carved representation of Maya King Chak Took Ich’aak (Red Spark Claw), who died in 556 AD.

Stone-carved representation of Maya King Chak Took Ich’aak (Red Spark Claw), who died in 556 AD.

(Huffington Post)

Researchers in northern Guatemala have unearthed not only a rare 1,450-year-old Maya stone monument but also an intriguing tale of royal vengeance and power.
Officially named El Perú Stela 44, the stone was found during an excavation beneath the main temple of the ancient Maya city El Perú-Waka’. The new discovery includes hieroglyphic text detailing a battle between two of the civilization’s most powerful royal dynasties.

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