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Royal Treasure Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
Elaborate offerings were recovered from a vaulted stone tomb from about 150 B.C., probably the earliest known burial of a Maya king. Near the chest of the deceased lay a jade pectoral, at front—a symbol of Maya royalty. The trove also included a mysterious figure of green stone, at right, which stood inside a large incense burner, at left, likely portraying Chac, the Maya god of rain and lightning. "Today the Maya still burn incense to create rain," says project iconographer Karl Taube, "with the rising smoke symbolizing rain clouds."
Camera: Nikon D70 Film Type: Digital Lens: 70-200mm Nikkor zoom Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Warm and humid Time of Day: Night Lighting Techniques: Tungsten spot lights