Excavations, which archaeologists conducted on the Yucatan Peninsula, led to an impressive find – scientists have discovered a giant mask depicting an unknown Mayan deity. The artifact, according to Live Science, was found in 2017, but scientists decided to talk about it only now.
A giant Mayan mask, whose size is comparable to that of a man, was found at the site of the archaeological excavations of Hucaña. This site is located on the outskirts of the Mexican city of Motul.
Scientists did not immediately report the artifact because they feared that “treasure hunters” might get to the unique site. “All this time we have been working painstakingly to recover this unique Mayan mask. In 2017, we buried the artifact we found so no one would find it, and then returned to it when we found funding for the restoration work. Now that the object has been restored, we are happy to present it to the public,” said the staff of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH).
The artifact has raised a lot of questions from the researchers. The fact is, the mask depicts an unknown face that belonged to some deity or mythological character. “We still do not know whose personification this mask was, and this fact does not give us peace,” say archaeologists, noting that the object was made in the Preclassic Maya period (300 B.C. – 250 A.D.).