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Ancient Mayan crypt reveals human remains may have been used to make rubber balls for sport

Ancient Mayan crypt reveals human remains may have been used to make rubber balls for sport

Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube The pyramids of the ancient Maya city of Tonina rise high above the jungle of southeastern Mexico. But deep under the site’s most important pyramid, a once-forgotten crypt is shining new light on the rites and rituals of this civilisation. Discovered in 2020, the chamber was likely built between the 7th and 8th centuries. Archaeologists recently found 400 vessels containing human ashes mixed with rubber and roots. The findings support archaeologist Juan Yadeun Angulo’s hypothesis that important figures’ remains were incorporated into balls used in sport, "a transformation of the body" that allowed them to live on after death. Support us: https://subscribe.scmp.com Follow us on: Website: https://www.scmp.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/scmp Twitter: https://twitter.com/scmpnews Instagram: https://instagram.com/scmpnews Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-china-morning-post/ #scmp #World


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