Glyphic panel  discovered at Xunantunich
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Glyphic panel discovered at Xunantunich, at the base of Str. A9

A glyphic panel newly dicovered at Xunantunich sheds light on more details concerning the history of the Maya in Belize, in particular the sites of Caracol, and Xunantunich, as well as ancient warfare. It has a date of December 2, 638 AD and mentions the death of Lady Batz' Ek' who was the mother of Lord K'an II, a ruler of Caracol from about 618 to about 658 AD. Lady Batz' Ek' came to Caracol as a princess from an ally in Mexico, the site of Calakmul.

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The Department of Archaeology, in partnership with the Northern Arizona University, had been excavating one of the temples, when they made an exciting discovery in June 2016.

It's a Stela which was buried under the overgrown forest which covered this temple. Now as viewers know, Stelae are the Maya's preserved historical record, which notes important events of that period, and this particular one tells the story of the wife of one of Rulers of the most successful Mayan City States.

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