Mayan Mural Found By Family Starting Home Renovations

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. 

"We don't get a lot of this type of artwork; it's not commonly preserved in the New World," said Saturno, a National Geographic grantee. "It'd be neat to see who the folks were who painted on the wall and why."

The paintings can be dated back to after the 16th century, after the Spanish conquest of Guatamala. "From the waist up" the figures in the painting are "typical Maya," wearing long capes, archeologist Jaroslaw Zralka, told National geographic. But that they "also have Spanish clothes." 

The Ramirez family is currently looking to convert the room into a small museum but lack the funds. 

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