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.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/13/2009 - 10:30
Mayan elder Apolinario Chile Pixtun is so over being asked about the end of the world. "I came back from England last year and, man, they had me fed up with this stuff," Pixtun says. But it doesn't look as though the frantic anxiety about the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 is going to let up anytime soon. With a blockbuster film entitled 2012 on the way and new websites being dedicated to the impending apocalypse every day, now, more than ever, the idea seems to be gaining momentum.