Little more than 3,000 caves and cenotes have been registered in the state of Yucatán; within some of them, archaeological and paleontological remains are still undiscovered. Recently, a cave was found and the print of positive and negative hands, as well as other drawings, were found inside.
The place is located in the Mayan jungle and images of people, animals, insects, deities, geometric figures and other patterns were found on a wall of around 15 meters long and 5 meters high.
It is possible that the temporality of the works goes back to different times, since apparently they were made using different technique and multiple pigments.
It was evidenced that the paintings have many representations, for example of birds and mammals; In addition, the prints of positive hands using different types of pigmentation, deal with characters of various ages. In the same way, it was observed that the drawings with negative technique are more refined.
One image in particular caught the experts’ attention, because it looks like a character holding a shield, while with the other hand it seems to be holding some kind of weapon and it looks like it is standing behind another character.
Specialists said that it seems to be a hunter holding a spear or sword and pointing it to an animal that looks like a bird.
In Yucatan there are some registered cases of pre-Maya paintings and they are located in the cave of Kaua; they have also been found in Aktun Grotto Sanctuary in Akil, but these belong to the prehispanic period, and also featuring ceramics with carvings of animals.
This finding provides new clues about the ancient inhabitants of the region, so they think that it is essential that specialists in the field and corresponding authorities collaborate in a scientific research project that will allow us to know more about the Yucatan peninsula pre-Maya residents .
Federal, state and municipal authorities need to consider the great cultural and natural importance of this historical heritage of Yucatan, and employ the necessary resources to preserve and investigate this findings, and stop looters and vandals from damaging this historical patrimony.
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