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Off the beaten path, the great city of Chacmultún

The ancient city of Chacmultún, in the municipality of Tecax, is roughly 120 kilometers southeast of Mérida. Because of its distance from any large...

Ancient artifacts recovered by police from illegal online vendors

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History recovered eight pre-hispanic artifacts which were being sold online. The artifacts were confiscated by Yucatán state police and...

The long and storied history of Aké, the place of reeds

Meaning "place of reeds" in Yucatec Maya, Aké is 32 kilometers / 20 miles from Mérida in the municipality of Tixkokob. Just a few...

Marvel at the great Oxkintok and the mystery of its labyrinth

The prehispanic city of Oxkintok is located in the municipality of Maxcanú in an area surrounded by soft rolling hills and a great many...

Yaxuná, a treasure to be found off Yucatán’s beaten path

When traveling east on the Mérida-Valladolid toll-free highway, about 20 kilometers before reaching Pisté, you will notice some disheveled old signs pointing you in...

Handprints found in Yucatán cave are the vestige of a Maya...

A team of speleologists and archaeologists have discovered a cave in Yucatán with 137 children’s painted handprints. Archaeologists believe the handprints to be about 1,200...

Mayapán: The last great seat of power in ancient Yucatán

If someone were to describe a Maya archaeological site by saying that it has a Pyramid dedicated to Kukulkán, a beautiful circular astronomical observatory...

The U.S. returns ancient artifacts illegally smuggled out of Mexico

The United States government this week returned more than 270 pre-Columbian archaeological pieces to Mexico. The artifacts were returned to Mexico “in a spirit of...

Uxmal, the great seat of power of the Puuc

Without a doubt, Uxmal is one of the most magnificent archaeological sites to be found anywhere in the world. The grandeur of its architecture,...

Labna and Xlapac, small but right in the action

Continuing south past Kabah and Sayil, and ever deeper into the jungle, await the ruins of Labna and Xlapak. These two archaeological sites are...

Kabah, the powerful hand of the Puuc valley

An hour-and-a-half south of Mérida and 20 minutes from Uxmal is Kabah, a Maya archaeological site in the Puuc region of western Yucatán. Kabah,...

Ek Balam: The city of the black jaguar unveils its secrets

Ek Balam is an archaeological site 30 minutes north of Valladolid in the northern Maya lowlands. Meaning "black jaguar" in Mayan, Ek Balam was...

Izamal, the ancient city where two cultures become one

Izamal is a sleepy colonial city an hour east of Mérida. Much like Mérida, the city was built in the 16th century atop the...

Tren Maya leads to amazing discovery of over 8000 archaeological remains...

Thousands of ancient artifacts and structures belonging to the ancient Maya civilization have been uncovered along all four stretches of the Tren Maya project. https://twitter.com/TrenMayaMX/status/1351193334778359812 Authorities...

Grad student uncovers colossal ancient Maya mask in Yucatán

A rare and giant stucco mask left by a long-gone Maya community was found at the archaeological site of Ucanha in the municipality of...

Discover Xcambó, Yucatan’s great Maya port

The ride to Xcambó, just off Yucatán's Gulf coast in Dzemul, is half the fun. To get to the site from Mérida, take...

Chichén Itzá aims to reopen its dazzling light-and-sound shows

Light-and-sound shows in Yucatán were canceled in March due to the COVID-19 -pandemic. However, the Diario de Yucatan has reported that Yucatan's culture and...

Exploring Dzibilchaltún is easiest for early birds

Archaeology Monday provides historical background, photos and practical information about these marvels of antiquity and how to get out and enjoy them for yourself. Given...

New findings shed light on ancient Maya royal house

New research identifies inscriptions found at Chichen Itza as referring to individuals belonging to the royal house of Cocom, a common surname to this...

Intense rain damaged up to 25 of Yucatan’s ancient structures

Two hurricanes, three cold fronts and a tropical storm — all within 27 days — damaged between 20 and 25 buildings in Yucatán's archaeological zones, INAH...

6 Mayan pyramids found this year in Yucatan

The National Institute of Anthropology and History so far in 2020 has discovered the ruins of six Mayan pyramids in five of Yucatan's municipalities. According...

Sunken Mayan slave ship found off Sisal coast

Off the Yucatan coast, archaeologists identified the remains of a ship that carried Mayan people into virtual slavery in the 19th century, the first...

Archaeology sites and museums in Yucatan opening soon

INAH announced a staggered reopening of Yucatan's archaeological zones and related museums. The archaeological sites of Uxmal, Xcambó, Mayapán, Izamal and Ek Balam will open...

The lure of red ocher could explain human skeletons in Yucatan’s...

Some of the continent's oldest ocher mines, just recently discovered by divers, could explain why ancient skeletons have been repeatedly found in the narrow,...