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Murals unveil Maya literary practices: discoveries peg ritual specialists as central to making books.
Excavations at a more than 1,200-year-old Maya settlement in Guatemala suggest that ritual specialists made sacred books in a room where they also painted murals and astronomical tables on the walls. The findings offer a rare glimpse of the people who created Maya books.
At least two men buried near the mural room, located in a city called Xultun, took part in making bark-paper, stucco-coated books known as codex books, say archaeologist Franco Rossi of Boston University and...
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