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Pre-Hispanic village discovered in Mahahual

A team of archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found what is considered a Mayan village in the archaeological zone of Mahahual, Quintana Roo, which is presumed to correspond to the Mayan Postclassic period dating from the 1200-1546 years. AD; this is the first find of that time period that has been detected in the town of the Eastern Coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

The INAH, reported on the finding through a statement which detailed that the discovery occurred in the first stage of an investigation in which an area of 1.5 kilometers by 450 meters wide was explored.

The archaeologist also indicated that they will seek to continue with the research work on the site to find indications of elite spaces or of some ritual or civic-religious center.

The village was found in a space that the current inhabitants of Mahahual had believed to be overlapping stone walls without mortar, which is known as albarradas; but in reality, they are constructions that at the time were private extensions, in which, inside, they had orchards and “small houses of Bajareque built on limestone platforms, with wooden structures and guano palm, equal to traditional houses built by contemporary Mayans ”, according to the archaeologist.

At the request of the owner of one of the explored lands, the same one in which he plans to carry out a tourist project, an approximate of 80 structures were discovered, among which most of them stand out as residential remains, the so-called gouaches that are artificial containers for collecting water and natural wells or wells that were drilled to reach the level where water could be found.

For now, the team of researchers at the INAH Quintana Roo Center continues with the research and development of the reports that will be delivered to the Institute’s Archeology Council.

Fernando Cortés indicated that despite the fact that Mahahual is not a site with large ritual structures, its great importance lies in the idea that it provides new data to know the territorial limits of the Eastern Coast of the Yucatan peninsula, in the limits of the border with Belize, the pre-Cortesian Mayan towns expanded according to the distinctive features that are considered in studies and research.

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