Sunday, November 21, 2010

Prehispanic Ballgame Player Sculpture found by Archaeologists

A Prehispanic sculpture representing a beheaded ballgame player was discovered from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) at El Teul Archaeological Zone by archaeologists.

This finding took place during a research work conducted for the opening to public visit of the ceremonial site in 2012. This quarry dates from 900-1100 of the Common Era and evidence determines that the sculpture was created beheaded to serve as a pedestal for the heads of sacrificed players of the ritual ballgame.

The cylindrical sculpture with a 52 centimeter diameter is 1.97 meters high and weighs nearly a ton, and was located in the southeast area of the Ballgame court. Fragments of a similar sculpture were found in the northern extreme, so it is possible to find a pair of similar sculptures in the western side, still unexplored.


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