Fit for A King

Archaeologists uncover a treasure trove of Mayan history

To an archaeologist, unearthing relics is as incidental as filing tax returns. But last week an excavation among the ancient ruins of Copan, in western Honduras, turned up a find so extraordinary that archaeologists are digging for the proper superlatives to describe it. The discoverers believe that they have uncovered the tomb of a 6th century Mayan king who died before he was 30 years old. Archaeologists stumbled across the temple during a routine dig, and are now calling it the find of their careers. Five hundred tombs have been excavated at Copan during the past 18 years, but only two...

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