Maya Emperor’s Teeth With Jade Implants – Estimated death: 557 A.E. Courtesy of the Museo Santa Barbara
These rare teeth are shown courtesy of Emilio Colmenares, Curator of the Maya Museum headquartered in La Isla de Santa Barbara, Petén, Guatemala. We regret it is not possible to show you the Emperor's skull, skeleton and all his fine teeth. But you appreciate teeth would be unlikely to decompose after 1,300 years as compared to the skin or skull. So, please don't ask the Curator or his Exchange Officer to give you the name of a Maya Indian dentist who can do a jade inlay for you. Though 5.8 million Maya reside in Guatemala, the question is not a matter of, "what is the fee?" With so many Maya available, we could ask for someone to do the inlays. But do you have the many months that opening a hole with a stick normally takes?
Having sat in a dental chair over three months in Taiwan for just one tooth, I’m sure great patience and endurance was required by those who had these jade inlays. Imagine doing it without today’s pain killers. To have had this done, the recipient had to be quite eager to be set apart from others.
Literally man months are
required to solely to excavate, much less to locate, archive, register
and protect such treasures. Our Museum has an immense number of
holdings that have been seen by only a few handfuls of people but that
could change if a documentary is made and distributed to large Museums
having the capacity to more widely expose the artifacts.
Our Petén based Maya Museum is located just 28 miles from Tikal, the widely sought after Maya Ruins in Northwest Guatemala. About 58 miles to the East and just over the Belize border from Tikal one may visit the Xunantunich Maya Ruin, pictured below as show on the map to the right. Xunantunich means "stone woman" in the Maya code.
(2001) says the Maya first bore the onslaught of the Spaniards in the
The Maya held Flores, Petén longer than any other part of
Anthropologist Shea (2001) says the Maya first bore the onslaught of the Spaniards in the 1520s. The Maya held Flores, Petén longer than any other part of
 Shea, M. E. Culture and customs of
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