Sports may possibly have been all the fury for ancient Mesoamericans, scientists say after discovering a piece of a figurine of an athlete near Oaxaca, Mexico.
The figure designates the action known as "the ballgame" was yet more extensive than thought in Mesoamerica, which unlimited from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The fractional figurine proves about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of a male ballplayer's chest. The head and legs have been broken down off. It appears to be tiring a ballgame costume, including a broad belt casing the abdomen and an elaborate mirrored collar like those worn by other examples of ballplayers known from other areas of Mesoamerica.
"Because the ballgame is related with the rise of intricate societies, understanding its origins also illuminates the evolution of socio-politically complex societies," study author Jeffrey Blomster of the George Washington University said in a declaration. "Exploring the origins and spread of the ballgame is central to understanding the development of the Mesoamerican civilization."