Ancient Mexico Ball Game Statue Discovered By Villagers In Piedra Labrada | #Mixtec #indigenous #mesoamerica #NikanTlakah

Villagers installing a water pipe in southwestern Mexico stumbled onto an ancient granite statue depicting a player from a pre-Hispanic ball game, the national anthropology institute said Monday.

The stone had been sliced at the neck, like a decapitation, and buried in a ritual that was common at the time, the National Anthropology and History Institute said in a statement.

There are indications that the 1.65-meter (5-foot-4) tall statue, which depicts a bow-legged ballplayer with his arms crossed, was built onto an I-shaped ball game field before it was buried and could be more than 1,000 years old.

Mesoamericans would paint objects in red and “kill” them by breaking them as offerings for rituals at the end of calendar cycles.

via Ancient Mexico Ball Game Statue Discovered By Villagers In Piedra Labrada (PHOTOS).

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