Hidden arch reveals an older Uxmal

The Governor's Palace at Uxmal, which possibly dates back farther than we thought.
The Governor's Palace at Uxmal. Photo INAH
The Governor’s Palace at Uxmal. Photo INAH

Archaeologists in Uxmal have found a hidded substructure buried under the Governor’s Palace, placing the Mayan city further back in history than previously thought.

Archaeologist José Huchim Herrera , who led the work at the site, 78 kilometers southeast of Mérida, reported that during the excavations, evidence of Early Puuc architecture was revealed.

The Early Puuc period,  670 and 800 AD, predates the Governor’s Palace’s upper arch, thought to have been built in 970 AD. The recently exposed arch, which aligns with the entrance visible at the top, was built with blocks that are larger than the rest of the buildings, and are very smooth, unlike the carved stones that characterize surfaces throughout Uxmal.

The Governor’s Palace is long, low building atop a huge platform, which archaeologists are examining.

Source: INAH

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