Pakal's Tomb Update

Chiapas, Mexico, October 2011 

George Fery, who just received IMS’ highest honor as Fellow of our organization, just returned from Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico. Palenque is one of the jewels of the Maya of the Classic period. George was invited to see the chamber of Pakal’s tomb, under the Temple of the Inscriptions, where the lid has been lowered and is now in the same position as Alberto Ruz discovered it in 1952. (Click here for more information on Alberto Ruz and the discovery of the tomb.)

George's comments:

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Here I am on my last visit to Pakal's crypt in the Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque.

After decades of invetstigation, INAH is commited not to open the sarcophagus again. The lid is back in its proper place and the bones of K'inich Janaab' Pakal have been put back in the exact place as they were found.  

The remains of Palenque's greatest ruler have been put back in the exact place as they were found, and shall never be disturbed again. He can rest in peace.




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