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Maya temple with giant faces discovered

Posted on Saturday, 21 July, 2012 | Comment icon 17 comments | News tip by: BrianPotter

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The 1600-year-old Temple of the Night Sun has been located deep within the Guatemalan jungle.

The giant masks adorning the structure depict the sun god as he traverses the sky over the course of a day, with a shark-like appearance as the sun rises over the Caribbean in the east and the noonday sun depicted as an ancient being with crossed eyes. The temple would have once served as a beacon that would have been visible for miles around.

"We have images of the sun god at different stages ... but we've never found anything that puts it all together," said Maya expert Simon Martin. "We've had to assemble [the sequence] from bits and pieces of information and just trust that we got it right. This could be an opportunity to see the whole thing stage by stage."

"Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Eldorado on 22 July, 2012, 13:12
I'm hoping no-one notices the resemblance between shark-man and Xenu! (only kiddin)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Emin on 22 July, 2012, 21:33
Very good find.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sheep Say Meep on 22 July, 2012, 21:44
lol I read this earlier today (before seeing it here) I've always been fascinated by that area, I hope to travel there someday 3
Comment icon #11 Posted by jules99 on 22 July, 2012, 22:54
Great reading thanks, And how lucky are the students getting to help out, what an experience it would be....
Comment icon #12 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 22 July, 2012, 23:40
When I was younger I used to wish that when they found and opened one of these old temples they would find a space craft buried there. lol
Comment icon #13 Posted by Eldorado on 23 July, 2012, 8:39
I'd love them to open a tomb and find Jimmy Hoffa, sitting playing cards with the Mayan Teamster God, Portacargo.
Comment icon #14 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 23 July, 2012, 9:05
It must be Jimmy Hoffa week as I have seen he's name come up often the last few days.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Eldorado on 23 July, 2012, 9:10
The 2012 Mayan prophecy is actually... the Return of the Hoffa! lol
Comment icon #16 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 23 July, 2012, 17:18
Remarkable. I'd love to be one of the people who unearth places such as this.

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