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At Mayapán, 2,000 unexplored structures and 100 cenotes detected

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Mayapán. Photo: INAH


Flying above with high-tech tools, researchers at INAH have found unexplored 19 pre-Hispanic sites containing a combined 2,000 structures buried underground.

In addition, 105 previously unknown cenotes were detected in the Mayapán archaeological site.

The ancient ruins are near the perimeter wall of Mayapán, according to a report first announced on Televisa.

Mayapán is a Pre-Columbian Maya site in Tecoh, approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Mérida.

“At first we had documented about 45 cenotes inside the wall; now with this study we have documented more than 150,” said Carlos Peraza, an INAH researcher.

Mayapan. Photo: INAH

The structures range from rooms, houses or places where the Maya buried the dead.

Many of these structures are thought to be more than 2,400 years old.

They were located using scanner-based technology was performed on airplanes that mapped 42 kilometers of the site.

Mayapán was the political and cultural capital of the Maya during the Late Post-Classic period from the 1220s until the 1440s. Up to 17,000 persons lived there at one time, researchers estimate.

The site has explored by archaeological teams since 1939. Since 2000, a collaborative Mexican-United States team has conducted excavations and recovery at the site.

Source: INAH, Wikipedia

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