Finding the Snake Dynasty

In 2013, archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli made one of the most exciting discoveries of his career—a Mayan glyph of a grinning snake. Located at the site of Holmul near the base of a frieze marking the tomb of a Mayan king, the grinning snake proved to be the key to answering one of the most intriguing gaps in Mayan history.

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In Search of the Lost Empire of the Maya

By Edward Vance (Photography by David Coventry)

National Geographic Magazine (subscription may be required)

September 2016 issue

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