More than 25 years passed for researchers to find elements of theancient Mayan kingdom Sak Tz’i ’. The archaeological site is called Lacanja Tzeltal and it is located in the current city of Chiapas, in southeastern Mexico, on the border with Guatemala.
The excavation that led to the find began in 2018 and was led by Charles Golden, Associate Professor of Archeology at Brandeis University, along with the bioarchaeologist Andrew Scherer, from Brown University (both from the USA), and researchers from Mexico, USA and Canada.
For Golden, having found the city represents an important advance in understanding ancient Mayan politics and culture.
In the ruins there were remains of pyramids, a royal palace and a ball court. Toosculptures, although many were damaged by looters or by centuries of rain, forest fires and tropical vegetation.
One of thetables found, which is described as the best preserved, measures about 60 centimeters by 1.2 meters and tells stories of a mythical water serpent and ancient gods, as well as the lives of dynastic rulers.
Other remember a mythical flood and some list possible historical dates of births and battles, including those of a king named K’ab Kante ’.
In addition, at the bottom of a table is a real figure dancing, dressed as the god of rain connected with violent tropical storms called Yopaat.
In his right hand he carries an ax, which is the thunderbolt of the storm, while in his left he has a stone glove that was used in ritual combat.
More than 25 years of searching for Sak Tz’i ’
Sak Tz’i’s search for evidence, which means'White dog' it began in 1994, when references to the kingdom were identified in inscriptions found at other Mayan sites. It is also mentioned in sculptures housed in museums.
The kingdom, which was not one of the most powerful of the Mayans, was founded around 750 BC. C., and was populated duringOver a thousand years.