Until recently the name of an ancient Mayan tomb was unknown. However, researchers in Mexico decoded the name that was written in hieroglyphs on the Palenque tomb of ancient Maya King Pakal. The translated name is The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears.
It took more than 60 years for researchers to decode the name.
This burial crypt of Mayan King K’inich Janaab’ Pakal was discovered in 1948 by Mexican archaeologist Alberto Ruz Lhuillier.
But, it was up to the leader of the new research, Guillermo Bernal to discover the name. According to him, the key to this mystery was a hieroglyph in the shape of a jaguar molar whose meaning was interpreted as a sharp-edged spear.
He further explains that this hieroglyph was previously unknown and that is why it wasn’t considered before. The House of the Nine Sharpened Spears presents the denomination of the nine warriors in the walls of the tomb.
This ancient civilization has left behind hieroglyphic writing, a calendar and astronomical system. The Maya civilization was most powerful during the period from the year 250 to 900. It reached over to Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.
King K’inich Janaab’ Pakal is believed to have ascended to the throne when he was 12. The city of Palenque was a place where he led prosperous government. Pakal and his sarcophagus have been the subject of speculations about ancient astronauts.