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In humble home, Guatemala farmer finds ancient Maya murals under plaster


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Two women stand beside murals in the house of Lucas Asicona Ramirez, in Chajul, in the Quiche region, October 9, 2012. Ramirez is among four householders in Chajul, an Ixil Maya community some 220 miles (350km) from Guatemala City, struggling to preserve murals revealed after peeling back plaster on the walls of ancient homes. Experts believe similar murals could lie hidden in a further eight homes in the town. Painted by the current occupants' Mayan ancestors, the friezes cover several walls of the homes, whose colonial history is glimpsed in details including heavy hardwood doors and carved stone pillars propping up modern tin roofs. Picture taken October 9, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez