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A group of Spanish and Mexican archaeologists found treasures in a Mayan city, specifically in the dense jungle that covers the archaeological zone of X’baatún, located in the Oxhuatz ecotourism park in the state of Yucatán.
Archaeologists are working to rescue this walled city that contains important vestiges, a pyramid 37 meters high and 50 long, a ball court, a cenote and several structures that they managed to discover.
During the most recent excavations they managed to find new structures and ceramic remains belonging to the period from 500 to 300 BC to 900 to 1000 AD. The Spanish expedition members Carmen Varela Torrecilla, Juan García Tara and Alfonso Muñoz Cosme, are financed by the Palar Foundation in Barcelona and by an amateur pharmacist who gives money to research abroad to Spanish universities.
The researchers who come from the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Santander have the permission of the Archeology Council of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico, who also appointed personnel of the institute to work in thes site scans that began in August 2019, and concluded in its first stage with the aforementioned findings.
The regulations in Mexico allow any explorer to carry out expeditions in the field of research, regardless of their nationality, but they must meet the requirements established by the INAH Archeology Council.
The spokesperson for reviewbox.com.mx, Alejandro Sánchez, indicated that all these investigations are finally reviewed in books to be studied for generations, and also by all those who are interested in this topic.
He added that “scientific writing always has a high level of subjectivity, since it lends itself to readings and interpretations of the researcher, and even more when it comes to the Mayan culture, because they kept many secrets. Sometimes with this kind of expeditions far from clearing up, become questions without answer, but they contribute a lot to the millenary culture of our country ”.
In the first works they managed to verify that the pre-Columbian site was of similar dimensions and relevance to Izamal, because it has a nearby cenote and several buildings that form a central nucleus, and four watering holes in the surroundings.
Another of the contributions of this investigation is that it is presumed that during the last phase of the occupation of X'baatún, materials from its buildings and constructions were used to wall the central area of the site, perhaps with the purpose of protecting itself from attacks by other neighboring groups or some situation that they considered dangerous.
The next research campaigns will continue this month, where they will carry out excavations in the buildings found. In addition, they will work on the consolidation and restoration of these. The ultimate goal will be to rescue the Mayan city, which the researchers presume was a Izamal satelliteso their priority is to restore splendor to the archaeological zone of X’baatún.
In 2020, the Spanish Government will invest resources to obtain a leading map of the X’baatún archaeological zone, With the help of drones they will take photographs through laser beams on the entire surface, to obtain a topographic plan of all the structures.