Science: Steps Going Down

In the ruined Mayan city of Palenque, State of Chiapas, Mexico, Mexican Archaeologist Alberto Ruz Luhillier had the thrill that all diggers hope for: he was the first to look into a ceremonial chamber that had been closed and forgotten centuries ago.

The trail to the chamber started on top of the pyramid which supports the Temple of Inscriptions. A flat stone slab was found to have a crack in it, and workmen prying away at the crack discovered a dark flight of steps leading down into the pyramid. Ruz knew at once that he had a chance at an archaeological jackpot;...

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