Washington: The Guatemalan government has revealed that archaeologists have found an "extraordinary" Mayan frieze which is richly decorated with images of deities and rulers and a long dedicatory inscription.
The frieze was discovered by Guatemalan archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, and his team in the northern Province of Peten, the CBS News reported.
The archaeologists were exploring a Mayan pyramid that dates to AD 600 in an area that is home to other classic ruin sites when they came upon the frieze, in July.
The high-relief stucco sculpture measures 26 feet by 6 feet and includes three main characters wearing rich ornaments of quetzal feathers and jade sitting on the heads of monsters.
It depicts the image of gods and godlike rulers and gives their names.