By Samantha Leal | 09/18/2012 - 17:00
A family in Chajul, Guatamela, looking to start home renovations, discovered their home held quite the secret. Underneath their walls, they found paintings. Now, five years later, those paintings have been identified as an authentic Mayan mural by National Geographic, centuries old and preserved under layers of plaster.
Scientists are now racing against time to help preserve the mural, before light disintegrates the artwork itself.