Sarcophagus could provide clues to Mayan decline

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A thousand-year-old stone sarcophagus discovered in southern Mexico could provide clues to the reason for decline of Mayan culture, the archaeologist responsible for the find has said.

The tomb was discovered in November by specialists from the National Institute of Archaeology and History, known as INAH, in the Mayan city of Tonina in Chiapas state on the border with Guatemala.

The stone sarcophagus and the gravestone accompanying it dates to a period from 840 to 900 AD, when the Mayan civilization's decline began, Juan Yadeum told a news conference on Thursday.

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