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Kulubá: A New Archaeological Zone in Yucatán

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Kulubá is a recently discovered Maya archaeological site located in the northeast region of Yucatán, Mexico.

This archaeological site belongs to the municipality of Tizimín and is about 37 km from the city of Tizimín and 212 km from the city of Mérida. Kulubá means “water of the wild dog Kulú” in Maya.

Kulubá was an important city that had a close relationship with the Maya urban centers of Ek’ Balam and Chichén Itzá, as it became part of their trade and territorial control network towards the north coast. Kulubá dates from 300 BC to 1000 AD and covers an area of about 9 km². It has about 400 structures, among which stand out three palaces that were sculpted for the high-ranking rulers of the time: the Temple of the Masks, the Palace of the U and the Palace of Chenes. Kulubá also has a large plaza composed of 12 buildings.

Restoration works at Kulubá (Photo: wanderlum.com)

Kulubá is one of the few sites in this region that still preserves standing architecture and shows the influence of the Puuc and Chichén Itzá styles. Kulubá was first reported by archaeologist Wyllys Andrews IV in 1941, but it was not until 2018 that it opened its doors to the public after several restoration and conditioning works by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)2. Kulubá also has a small museum where some of the pieces found during the excavations are on display.

Kulubá Archaeological zone in the municipality of Tizimín. (Photo: Diario de Yucatan)

Kulubá is a new archaeological zone that offers a glimpse into the ancient Maya culture and history. It is a place worth visiting for anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating civilization.

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