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Estela with a Mayan leader image is found

February 16, 2010

By: Ligia María

Translated from Spanish; original version below.

Mexico City. January 14th, 2010. A Mayan stone carving (estela) with a leader’s image about 1,000 years old was found on an archeological zone of Lagartero on the south state of Chiapas, Mexico, from the National Institute of Anthropology and History. (INAH)

Versión original en Español, abajo

On the carving a Mayan leader is bending down over somebody who is lying down. It is a scene showing one Mayan group taking power over another,” explained the INAH.

Experts of INAH found the estela late 2009 on the tenth section in Pyramid Four in Lagartero.

Archeologist Sonia Rivero Torres in charge of the Archeological Lagartero Program, informed that the estela or commemorative monument – the first one found in a complete piece – is 2 meters by 55 centimeters wide by 6 meters  thick .

The estela was carved on a metamorphic rock known as “heart of stone.”

In this pre-Hispanic monument appear a profile image of a Mayan leader. He has a bag with incense on his hand, and is dressed with loincloth and sandals.

The archeologists also found a small pot. Beside the pot they found a plate and a black cup .

Another box with 40 vessels of various forms was found in the fifth section of  Pyramid Four, said workers of INAH.

The ceremonial center of Lagartero is extends eight hectares to the islet El Lomar, the biggest of eleven islets in Cristobal Colon community, municipality of La Trinitaria, Chiapas.

The Lagartero was a strategic place to exchange products between Guatemala and central high plains of Mexico.

The archeologists that work on Lagartero have found architectural structures and five altars.


Spanish version. Versión en Español.


Ciudad de México, 14 de Enero de 2010. Una estela con mil años de antigüedad y en la que está grabada la imagen de un jerarca maya fue hallada en la zona arqueológica de Lagartero, en el sureño estado mexicano de Chiapas, informó el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).

Puede encontrar esta noticia en español en el siguiente link:

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