Mayan Queen’s Remains Unearthed
The first hut to the left, a suite villa deep in the Peten jungle, served as my base for my adventure around Guatemala's Tikal National Park
Archeologists have found a tomb with the remains of a Mayan queen, buried with treasures like jade jewellery and obsidian knives
The American archeologist who made the discovery in the Peten jungle region, David Freidel, said on Wednesday it one of the most important Mayan-related finds made so far.
The grave held gifts such as ceramic vases dating from between the 7th and 8th centuries, as well as sea shells, jade and the shiny black stone knives.
The remains of the woman have been sent to a lab in Guatemala City for DNA tests to be carried out.
Tikal (or Tik'al according to the modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.