Scientists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico have discovered an ancient slab with hieroglyphs and drawings while examining a temple of snails located on the territory of the Chichen Itza archaeological complex. Once this place was the political and cultural center of the Mayan civilization - writes The Yucatan Times.
While studying the temple of snails, archaeologists came across an ancient stone slab covered with hieroglyphs and images. The age of the artifact, as shown by preliminary analysis, is at least a thousand years.
“We came across a previously unknown stone slab covered with ancient texts. In addition to hieroglyphs, on the slab you can find drawings depicting people tied with ropes. It is assumed that these are prisoners of war who were sacrificed. But the exact meaning of the drawings and hieroglyphs has yet to be deciphered - ahead, accordingly, quite serious work ", - says archaeologist Jose Francisco Osorio Leon, one of the leaders of the expedition.
The dimensions of the ancient Mayan slab are 160 by 140 centimeters. In addition to the slab, scientists have discovered other stone artifacts made between 900 and 1000 AD. Archaeologists are sure that the slab was not always used as a temple altar - at first it was installed in some other place.