Archaeological site of ‘Flor de Mayo’ in Kanasín, Yucatán to be restored by INAH

Flor de Mayo Kanasin, Yuc. (Photo: noticieros.televisa.com)

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Yucatan reported that before the holder of Notary 17 of the Federal Real Estate Property of the State of Yucatan, the transfer of ownership of a property in favor of the Federation was carried out. And this land is where the main pyramid of the archaeological site known as “Flor de Mayo” is located.

This site is now registered in the Public Registry of Archaeological and Historical Monuments of INAH and is located exactly in Colonia Francisco Villa Oriente, municipality of Kanasín, Yucatán.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced that it has begun to restore the archaeological zone known as “Flor de Mayo”, in the municipality of Kanasín, just a few miles east of Mérida, Yucatán.

Flor de Mayo is an ancient Maya city buried under rubble and jungle, dating from 700 BC, that boasts large buildings, ceremonial structures and housing complexes that speak of a structured society.

“We could be talking about the first human settlements here in the Yucatan Peninsula, and its central building is below this hill, where ceremonies were held.” said Concepción Hernández, INAH researcher.

In this site, Maya burials were found in “cistas”, which are structures made up of 4 flat stones where the dead were buried along with different utensils and ornaments.

“We’re talking about more than 150 registered structures, must of them have not been explored, but have been registered. These buildings are large, one of them is about 60 meters (200 feet) long with a height of 16 meters (52 feet). People buried their dead inside their houses, is what we have found. We have found the housing platforms and in different places,we have detected more than 100 individuals of different ages, “said Concepción Hernández, researcher at INAH in Yucatán.

The researchers found pots that still retain the orange red and black colors of clay, with inscriptions of the owners and their possible causes of death.

We’re analyzing eight vases, but we have extracted more than 150 of these artifacts in Flor de Mayo, and the scientific analysis shows that these objects are more than 2,700 years old and correspond to the year 700 BC. The idea is to turn “Flor de Mayo” into an archaeological park, in order to preserve these vestiges that could be the first human settlements in the state of Yucatan, and that today are totally neglected”, the INAH expert concluded.

“Flor de Mayo” Kanasín, Yuc. (Photo: SIPSE)

Another specialist, Catalina Bolio Zapata stressed that the main threat for this important archaeological site is the uncontrollable urbanization that is currently taking place in the area, as there are several colonias and irregular human settlements already installed on top of this ancient Maya vestiges.

Bolio Zapata highlighted the importance of the site located in the municipality of Kanasín, as there are burials dating from the Late Preclassic to the Late Terminal Classic, that is, between 300 BC to 850 AD, in a perimeter of several square miles.

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