SLAIN ROYALS UNEARTHED IN GUATEMALA
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[ November 27th 2005 ]

Archaeologists excavating deep in Guatemala's Peten rain forest have unearthed evidence of the ancient slaying of the King and Queen of Cancuen, who - along with over 30 nobles and pregnant women - were overwhelmed by their attackers and murdered with spears and axes around AD 800, according to Agence France Presse.

"The king and queen and their nobles apparently were gathered together and slain en masse, many by lance thrusts to the neck or head," said Arthur Demarest, one of the lead archaeologists of the team that excavated the grim site in Guatemala and its long hidden story.

"In the years preceding the royal massacre, warfare had spread across this western region of the ancient Maya world. It seems to have suddenly reached Cancuen at about AD 800," Demarest, Ingram Professor of Anthropology at America's Vanderbilt University, said.

The Maya civilization is a historical Mesoamerican civilization, which extended throughout the northern Central American region which includes the present-day states of Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras and parts of El Salvador, as well as the southern Mexican states of Chiapas, Tabasco and the entirety of the Yucatán peninsula.

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