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September 9 2012

Exclusive Pictures: Maya Murals Found in Family Kitchen


If these walls could talk, they'd solve a Maya mystery.

Five years ago Lucas Asicona Ramírez (far right, pictured with family) began scraping his walls while renovating his home in the Guatemalan village of Chajul. As the plaster fell away, a multi-wall Maya mural saw light for the first time in centuries, according to archaeologist Jaroslaw Zralka, who recently revealed the finds to National Geographic News.

The paintings depict figures in procession, wearing a mix of traditional Maya and Spanish garb. Some may be holding human hearts, said Zralka, who was working on the other side of Guatemala when a colleague tipped him off to the kitchen murals.

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