1,300-Year-Old Maya Head Unearthed at Palenque

Photo: Gibrán Huerta/INAH


A stucco head of a young Maya god of corn, dating back over 1,300 years,
was unearthed in the Palenque archeological zone in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported Tuesday, May 31.

The discovery was recorded during the 2021 archeological exploration season sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

An interdisciplinary team composed of  archaeologist Arnoldo González Cruz and restorer Haydeé Orea Magaña oversaw its extraction from a corridor that connects the rooms of House B of the Palenque Palace with those of the adjacent House F.

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