Palenque Image is an ancient Mexican artefact. It was the lid of sarcophagus found in a pre-Columbian temple in Palenque. This image has given rise to a lot of speculation over the possibility of human’s contact with ancient astronauts in ancient times. This coffin cover has an elaborate design that shows a person piloting a sort of mechanical craft, which can be a spacecraft. Many scholars from ancient astronaut school of thought have cited this as an example of anomalies that make it difficult to explain the human past.
In 1935 a stone structure that probably represents god Kukumatz was found in the old kingdom of Palenque. The mysterious Palenque image was carved on the lid of tomb belonging to K’inich Janaab’ Pakal. Pakal was the ruler of Maya population of Palenque in the Late Classic Period of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican chronology. During his reign of 68 years Pakal constructed various notable surviving inscriptions and monumental architecture found in Palenque. It is learned that Pakal ascended the throne at the age of 12 on July 29, 615 and lived till the age of 80. The name Pakal means “shield” in ancient Maya language.
Pakal’s tomb is a place of immense interest for “ancient astronaut” enthusiasts. But even normal people will find it hard not to stop and think after viewing this image. The image depicts a man sitting with upper part of the body bent forward like a motorcyclist racing, this vehicle can be identified as a present day rocket. The vehicle has a pointed front, then there are strangely grooved indentations such as inlet ports that widen out and terminate at the tail in a darting flame. The human crouching on the vehicle is using a number of controls and has heel of his left foot on a kind of pedal. He is wearing short trousers with broad belt, a jacket with a modern day Japanese opening at the neck and fitting bands on arms and legs. Though the head gear is missing but there is something similar to an antenna on top. He is depicted as a space traveller, he is not only bending forward but he is also looking intently at an apparatus hanging from his face.
Earlier explanation of the Palenque image was that Pakal is descending into Xibalba or the Maya underworld. There are glyphs around the edges of the lid representing Sun, Monn, Venus and other constellations which can be located in night sky.