Archaeology & History
Mayan tablet reveals secrets of 'snake queen'
By T.K. Randall
July 20, 2013 · 26 comments
Image Credit: Bruno Girin
A tablet found in Guatemala has revealed fascinating new details of a dark period in Mayan history.
The tablet was discovered beneath the main temple within the ancient city of El Perú-Waka’ and dates back to 564 AD. By studying the hieroglyphics on the tablet, archaeologists have been able to piece together the story of the "snake queen", Lady Ikoom, who preceded one of the greatest queens in Mayan history, Lady K’abel, whose reign lasted more than two decades.
"Great rulers took pleasure in describing adversity as a prelude to ultimate success," said research director David Freidel. "Here the Snake queen, Lady Ikoom, prevailed in the end."
A tablet found in a tunnel beneath the main temple of the ancient Mayan city El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala has revealed secrets of what archaeologists describe as a “dark period” in Mayan history.
Source: Yahoo! News
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