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Maya history rewritten as archaeologists make stunning find of earliest-known calendar

The inscribed mural fragments from the newly-identified calendar were uncovered from the remains of the Temple of Las Pinturas (“the paintings”) in the San Bartolo pyramid complex in northern Guatemala. The site is best known for different murals, intricate paintings interpreted as depicting both humans and various deities from Maya mythology, with subjects including scenes from life of the maize god, the coronation of a Maya monarch, and four kings performing blood sacrifices. These murals have been dated back to around 100 BC, some 200 years after the construction is thought to have commenced on the base on the pyramid, but around 150 years before the complex was completed.

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