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K'utz Chman

K'utz Chman is one of the oldest Mayan tombs ever found, uncovered in October 2012 at a temple site in Retalhuleu province, western Guatemala. Carbon-dating indicates the tomb was built between 700 and 400 BC, and archaeologists believe it to be the grave of an ancient ruler or religious leader. No bones were found at the site, but an array of jewels and a necklace depicting a vulture-headed human figure were unearthed. This figure suggests that the grave's occupant was a ruler, as in Mayan culture vultures were a symbol of power and economic status given to elder men. The discovery of the necklace also led to the naming of the occupant as K'utz Chman, which means 'Grandfather Vulture' in the Mayan Language.

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