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    Anthropologist Lisa J. Lucero found that illiterate Maya commoners found a way to record their own history - by burying it within their homes.

    Anthropologist Lisa J. Lucero found that illiterate Maya commoners found a way to record their own history - by burying it within their homes.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Anthropologist Lisa J. Lucero found that illiterate Maya commoners found a way to record their own history - by burying it within their homes.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      The researchers excavated two modest homes in a small Maya center called Saturday Creek, in central Belize. Numerous artifacts, including vessels, stones and human remains, were found in the floors of each dwelling.

      Photo courtesy Lisa J. Lucero

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      The torso and pelvis of this body, found in the floor of one of the homes Lucero excavated, had been removed. A metate and mano, used for gringing corn, were found near the right knee. A deer antler and pink quartzite were buried beneath the chest area.

      Photo courtesy Lisa J. Lucero

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