Maya Bone and Burial Stone.

Maya ceramics have a distinctive red/brown colouring and were often glazed.

Maya vase depicting a costumed noble; burial offering. Late classical period (600-900 CE)..

The Maya culture in South America had specific techniques to create, inscribe, paint, and design pottery beginning with locating the proper resources for clay and temper. The present-day indigenous Maya who live in southern Mexico still create wonderful ceramics.

While filming in rural northern Mexico I recovered this shard of pottery from an unexplored cave near Xocen, Mexico. At the deepest part of the cave I discovered a psycotropic  spread of red handprints on the cave wall. In front of the handprints was a cobweb strewn stone pillar alter with broken pieces of pottery and bones on top. It was incredible to think I was the first person to have seen this is possibly 1700 years.

At one time the pottery would have formed an urn which contained the bones of a very important ruler or Shaman. We sent the bone to the University of Mexico City for analysis and after three months we had not received any confirmation of results. Unfortunately the bone went missing somewhere between the mailroom and the lab, but they did apologise profusely for misplacing the artefact. Fortunately, I never put all my eggs into one basket and retained the greater part of the bone which I have not yet submitted it for dating.

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