Mass grave found on site of ancient Maya excavation

09/11/2013 | LiveScience.com

The bones of 24 dismembered and decapitated bodies have been found in a mass grave in the ancient Mayan city of Uxul. Archaeologists were studying the water system when they came across the find, which lends credence to depictions of violence in the art of that time period. "After the 24 victims had been buried, the pre-Hispanic Maya covered the remains with a coarse layer of gravel and sealed it with a clay layer. Due to this sealing layer, the documented bones were found in an extraordinarily good state of preservation," said archaeologist Nicolaus Seefeld of the University of Bonn in Germany.

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