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A group of archaeologists discovered on a private property in Cobán, Alta Verapaz (Guatemala), more than 400 fragments of statuettes and molds to make them, in what is considered the largest Mayan figurine workshop that has been found.
Some people were excavating the place with heavy machinery when they located several ceramic fragments, so they contactedBrent woodfill, an archaeologist at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States, to examine what they had found at the site, called Aragon.
The largest Mayan statuette workshop
The first week of April 2019, a meeting was held at the Society for American Archeology, where archaeologists announced that they believe the workshop was buried for more than 1,000 years.
They stated that located pieces of molds, figurines and incense burners of the classic Mayan figures that were probably used in political customs.
In an article written by Lizzie Wade for Science He explained: “These figures played a key role in Mayan politics and the economy; It is believed that the leaders gave them to allies and subjects to strengthen and publicize important relationships.
Furthermore, the researchers consider that the Aragon workshop was probably active from 750 to 900, long before archaeologists thought there was an important city in the region.
They also consider that seems to have survived and even thrived, as nearby cities such as Cancuén (in Sayaxché, Petén), succumbed to political upheaval that unleashed a three-century "collapse" throughout the Mayan world.
That means Aragon could have important clues on how political and economic power was transformed during that long transition.
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