The article I would like to talk about for this week is called ‘Mexico finds water tunnels under Pakal tomb in Palenque’ from Archaeology News Network, published on July 25, 2016.
This article talked about the Mayan ruin site of Palenque. An interesting thing mentioned in this article is that, there was some erroneously interpretations about the heavily carves stone sarcophagus. Some people associated those carvings with spaceships or cosmos. It is fine for public to image the meaning of artifacts with their interests, but for archaeologists, they would like to understand these carvings based on the culture for people in the past. And for this case, it would be religion and belief of Mayans, and those cravings were predicted to be the Maya’s ‘World Tree’ or ‘Tree of Life,’ whose roots were believed to reach into the underworld.
Besides the understanding of artifacts, the underground water tunnel built under the Temple of Inscriptions shows us a wonderful workmanship and design for ancient Mayans. There are designs to prevent the settle or collapse of the pyramid which might be caused by a hole or geological fault.
From these artifacts and buildings, we can not only see the architecture technical at that time, but also understand how ancient Mayans observe the world form their religions and believes showing on their cravings.