Stucco relief sculptures recently discovered at the El Mirador site in Guatemala are the earliest known representations of the Maya creation story, and have archeologists excited. The two 26-foot panels were created around 300 BC and depict the hero twins surrounded by cosmic monsters. El Mirador, the largest and oldest Mayan site in Guatemala, is currently accessible via a two-day hike in the jungle, or helicopter, but a light-rail line scheduled for 2020 will make visiting the site easy.
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