After working on rubbings all day in blistering heat, we had hiked down the steep trail to our jeep, when suddenly six armed men with sawed off machine guns came out of the brush demanding that we put up our arms. They went through everything in the jeep and searched us, and finally, when I pulled out my official paper asking for police protection in the area, they glanced at it and then released us. We reported to the Sayaxche police, and from the description of their hands, we knew that it was some of the guerillas from the city who were stealing monuments.

Stela 01, Itsimte-Sacluk.