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Guatemala: Archaeologists uncover intact Mayan hieroglyphic panels

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"These panels are incredibly well preserved and for being about 1,300 to 1,400 years old, we are extremely surprised and excited about the fact that they preserve such wonderful amount of detail."

Among the crucial information reportedly carried on the panels are revelations about Mayan transfers of power.

"They're extremely important for us because they give us very detailed information about how a Maya ruler becomes king. It gives us a step-by-step process by which a king over a period of two years is not a royal member of a dynasty and then becomes king of the site," Canuto explained.

"This is fascinating kind of information that is extremely detailed and often not explicated with as much detail in other texts. So, at La Corona we're getting some great, very fine grain information that we don't normally see in text."

Amazing they've been preserved so well.

The tomb of the king was impressive: