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The vaulted tomb chamber known as Hunal "contains the bones of a single individual placed on a stone bier, head to the south, adorned by several large and spectacular jade objects. The bones are of a robust male, a little over 5'6" tall, who was probably 55 or older when he died."

With these words, Robert J. Sharer, Director of the Early Copan Acropolis Program, introduces one of the great discoveries of archaeology, deep beneath the many layers of an ancient Maya temple complex. Dr. Sharer continues, "Several lines of evidence indicate that these are the remains of the historically-identified dynastic founder of the Classic period Copán polity, K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'."

Looking down at the burial slab in what could well be the tomb of K'inich Yax K'uk' Mo'. Photo: Joel Skidmore.