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Stone hieroglyphs are exposed on the stairs of an ancient pyramid at the Maya ruin of Dos Pilas. Translation of the glyphs reveals the story of a superpower conflict in the seventh-century Maya world. The project has been funded in part by National Geographic, Vanderbilt University, the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, and Guatemala's Ministry of Culture.

Photograph copyright Kenneth Garrett/National Geographic Society


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