Yucatán’s First Highway

Coba Yaxuna sacbe at the point where it attains its maximum elevation 8 feet

February 29, 1933.  After a long day of walking, Alfonso Villa Rojas arrived at the remote archeological site called Yaxuná.  The 35-year-old schoolteacher had been working as an assistant on the Carnegie Institution’s restoration project at Chichén Itzá.  Deeply interested in local oral traditions, Villa Rojas had heard tales about an actual More...

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By Yucatan Times On Sunday, January 8th, 2017
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Ancient Maya developed super highways network more than 1,000 years ago

Roads of more than 240 kilometers long designed, traced and built by the ancient Maya have been discovered in Guatemala, near the border with Mexico. El Mirador is a late Maya preclassic city, located in Guatemala, More...

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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
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UADY researchers study Mayan plant remedies

In order to identify plant species that are used for remedies in Mayan communities, the Autonomous University of Yucatán (Uady, for its acronym in Spanish) is developing a multidisciplinary study in the town of More...

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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
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Winter solstice, archeoastronomical phenomena in Mayan cities

At least seven buildings in five ancient Mayan cities will observe archeoastronomical phenomena, on Wednesday Dec. 21st, 2106; for the last time this year, due to the winter solstice. According to Eddie Salazar More...

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By Yucatan Times On Saturday, December 10th, 2016
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10,000-year-old skull found inside a cave in Quintana Roo

The finding contributes to research on climate change and first inhabitants of America During the exploration of the Great Maya Aquifer, the explorers and archaeologists have made important discoveries, some of More...

Mayan stone glyph recoverd from Hotel Merida Mission.(PHOTO: sipse.com)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Mayan glyph stone recovered from Merida hotel to be displayed in museum

An original Mayan piece dating from the late Classic period (600-900 AD) and that since 1954 was in an old building of the Historical Center of Merida, that operated as a hotel for many years, was recovered Tuesday More...

Scientists used this drilling platform to gather data on the Chicxulub crater. (PHOTO: dailymail.com)
By Yucatan Times On Monday, December 5th, 2016
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Mexico’s deep-water oil push uses data that solved dinosaur riddle off Yucatan coast

A long-awaited auction of Mexico’s untapped deep water oil fields on Monday Dec. 5 has been fueled by a nearly $3 billion USD boom in geological data mapping almost inaccessible deposits to open up what the More...

A view of a temple found in Mexico City, Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016. The circular platform, about 36 feet in diameter and four feet tall, now sits in the shadow of a shopping mall under construction. But the site believed to be built to worship the god of wind, Ehecatl-Quetzalcoatl, was deemed valuable enough to preserve. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
By Yucatan Times On Friday, December 2nd, 2016
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Demolished supermarket reveals ancient pre-hispanic temple in Mexico City

Working at the site of a demolished supermarket in Mexico City, archaeologists dug 10 feet down to find a temple built more than 650 years ago, researchers announced on Wednesday December 1. The circular platform, More...

Ichkabal archaeological site in southern Quintana Roo. (PHOTO: eluniversal.com.mx)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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Ichkabal Mayan site set to open in southern Quintana Roo

The archaeological site of Ichkabal is getting ready to open its doors and bring a greater number of tourists to the southern region of Quintana Roo. Dating back to 300 BC and containing structures higher More...

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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
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25 Fascinating Facts About Mexico You Should Know

1. Mexico means “In the navel of the Moon” and comes from Nahuatl “Metztli” (moon) and “xictli” (navel). 2. We have a population of 122.3 million inhabitants. 48% are men, 52% More...