Mexico's Palenque is the best historical site you don't1/7/2021, 2:43:50 PM
Mexico's Palenque is the best historical site you don't know about. The ancient city of Palenque in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, was among the most powerful Maya cities in the Classic Period of Maya civilization (250 CE -- 900 CE), alongside Tikal in modern-day Guatemala and #Calakmul , found in the Mexican state of Campeche. #nayan While its Maya name was believed to be Lakamah, meaning big water, Palenque was named after the neighboring Spanish town Santo Domingo Palenque, founded in the 16th century. The Maya city of Palenque was once an important political center, which flourished between 226 and 799 CE and was later abandoned around 900 CE. #theancients The surrounding jungle overtook the city, which lay buried and hidden until the 1700s when local Maya told a Spanish priest of its existence. It wasn't until the 20th century, however, that it was excavated and opened to the public. #history Now one of the most visually stunning Mesoamerican archeological sites, Palenque has landed on the travel map. It attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a testament to Maya ingenuity and knowledge. The particularly exciting thing about Palenque, beyond how impressive the structures look surrounded by the jungle, is that the hieroglyphs found there have informed scholars about hundreds of years of Maya history. The hieroglyphs, which form an ancient logosyllabic writing system, talk of alliances, trade, exchange, wars and even marriage between Maya cities. All of those years, this Maya telenovela was lying protected under the flora of the forest. In 1952, archeologist Albert Ruz Lhuillier removed a stone from the back room of the Temple of the Inscriptions and found a passageway, which led down to the tomb of Palenque's famous emperor Pakal the Great. Emperor Pakal apparently lived for 80 years and was extremely tall (both of which were very uncommon in Maya times). No wonder, then, that his tomb was covered with the most ornately carved lid and he was buried wearing an elaborate jade death mask. Comment | Tag | Share Read Conscious Articles on our website. Link in Bio. Turn ON Post Notifications & Never miss any Content!