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A team of archaeologists led by Stephen Houston has made a new discovery at the Maya archaeological site in El Zotz, Guatemala, uncovering a pyramid believed to celebrate the Maya sun god.  The structure's outer walls depict the god in an unprecedented set of images done in painted stucco.  In 2010, the team uncovered a royal tomb filled with artifacts and human remains at the same site.  Researchers believe the pyramid was built to link the deceased lord to the eternal sun.

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El Zotz (Wikipedia)

El Zotz (World Monuments Fund)

El Zotz: An Archaeological Gem in the Guatemalan Jungle (World Monuments Fund)

El Zotz Masks Yield Insights into Maya Beliefs (Brown Univeristy)

Joukowski Institute for Archaeology, Brown University