The Mayan civilization is full of mysteries, but thanks to the work of anthropologists with each new discovery becomes less and less. For example, researchers from Louisiana state University recently discovered a working tool, through which scientists were able to name one of the most lucrative professions of the time. She brought so much wealth that workers could afford an instrument made of precious jade stone.
Jade stone occupied a very important place in the culture of the Mayan civilization — were produced jewelry for high-ranking persons, and items for performing the rituals. However, the new discovery proves that some people can afford a piece of jade, which is designed to pretty dirty work in places for the extraction of salt.
Ancient tool was found on the southern part of the country of Belize, located in Central America and the Caribbean sea. According to the researchers, the site of the discovery of an ancient artifact was once one of the 110’s ancient sites, where the Maya extracted salt. These sites were located on the sea lagoons, surrounded by deciduous and evergreen forests.
Fortunately anthropologists, due to the special composition of the raw soil and the presence of peat, the tool of jade is well preserved. The main part was made with rare and expensive varieties of stone called jade, and the handle is rosewood Honduras rosewood. Researchers believe that the instrument was not intended for interaction with the solid trees and stones, and was used, probably for cleaning fish and meat.
The fact that the miners of salt could afford such instruments, prepares that they were successful entrepreneurs. This is not surprising because in the Mayan civilization, salt was actively used in preparing food and considered a sign of wealth.
On the topic of Maya, we have another interesting material — it tells about the discovery of an ancient temple, in which was found a stone throne in the form of a Jaguar and a statue of Chuck-Mool, which put the hearts of sacrificed people. You can read about this discovery right now.
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