1 of 7 CREDIT: F. Estrada-Belli
2 of 7 CREDIT: F. Estrada-Belli ©Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul
3 of 7 CREDIT: Estrada-Belli
4 of 7 CREDIT: Jesus Lopez
5 of 7 CREDIT: F. Estrada-Belli
6 of 7 CREDIT: F. Estrada-Belli
7 of 7 CREDIT: ©CMHI of Harvard University/Proyecto Arqueologico Holmul
While digging through a looter's tunnel in the ancient Maya city of Holmul, archaeologists exposed an amazingly well-preserved façade on the outside of a 1,400-year-old building. They are studying the artwork and inscriptions on the frieze to learn more about ancient Maya politics and religion. This part of the monumental carving shows an ancestral deity holding "first tamal" sign with feathered serpent.