Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico

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A Maya ceremonial centre situated close to the Lacanha River dating to c.ad 450–800. The site is well known for its colourful frescos and murals which adorn the walls of palaces and temples. Dated to ad 792, these paintings depict a victory won by the ruler of this ceremonial centre. In one of the scenes he stands with his warriors on top of a stepped platform while stripped and bleeding captives sit on the steps below.


K. J. Ruppert, J. E. S. Thompson, and T. Proskouriakoff, 1955, Bonampak, Chiapas, Mexico. Washington, DC: Carnegie Institution

Subjects: Archaeology.

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