After examining the mouth of the old well belonging to the San Antonio de Padua convent in Izamal, personnel from the Subdirectorate of Underwater Archaeology of the Yucatan Peninsula and the INAH Yucatan Center discovered a passage that connects to this important temple.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History presented the results in the third week of archaeological work, which allowed for the understanding of a complex system to supply water to the population from pre-Hispanic times until the 20th century.
In the dives carried out in various wells and bodies of water in Izamal, ceramic materials, metals, and glass from different periods were recovered. Thanks to these studies, it will be possible to understand the growth of the town and the use of Izamal’s hydraulic infrastructure.
The San Antonio de Padua Convent, located in Izamal, was the fifth convent built in Yucatan and is currently the only one in custody of the Franciscans belonging to the San Felipe de Jesus Franciscan Province. The religious complex is a federal historical monument and was built between 1549 and 1561.
All archaeological work is carried out with the support of the Franciscan Province, the Archdiocese of Yucatan, as well as the municipal authorities of Izamal and the Yucatan Tourist Business Council.