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Archaeologists from Japan have discovered a treasure trove of rare jade pieces used by the Mayan people in public ceremonies. The pieces date back as far as 1000 BC. Because the jade shows no signs of wearing down by fabric, it’s likely that they were not jewelry, but used in ceremonies among Mayan elite. The color green held great significance to the Maya as it symbolized the center of the world.

Read more about the discovery of these rare Mayan jade pieces.

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