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Maya observatory in Acanceh at risk, vandals enter ‘like it’s their home,’ residents say

by Sofia Navarro
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The presence of some vandals at the archaeological site known as the Maya Observatory in Acanceh has concerned local residents, who fear that the relic will be damaged as it was in the past.

Yesterday evening, residents reported that a few young individuals resembling troublemakers arrived at the archaeological site and left shortly after on a motorcycle.

Some residents of the Los Venados neighborhood stated that they saw two young individuals arrive on a motorcycle and enter the site without supervision.

They stayed there for a few minutes and were later seen leaving on their motorcycle.

“We’re afraid that the observatory might be damaged. You might recall that a few years ago, some people painted certain stones at the site, damaging this Maya relic in the process. Fortunately, nothing happened this time. Maybe those youngsters just passed by and did their business,” the neighbors stated.

Leocadio Pech and Arcadio Pool, two residents, indicated that while such cases are not frequent, they are concerning. The site is open to the public, and anyone can enter both during the day and at night.

“People can easily enter because there are no fences or anything. Anyone can come and go, and that’s what’s worrying,” Leocadio noted.

The neighbors also pointed out that the Municipal Police need to increase their vigilance in the area.

As a reminder, the Maya Observatory is the most recent discovery made by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in this locality. It is located in the Los Venados neighborhood towards the municipality of Cuzamá.

This Maya relic is open to the public all day, and anyone can easily enter.

The neighbors mentioned that they will request increased police surveillance for the archaeological site, as while nothing serious happened last night, another day the site might be damaged, as it was years ago.

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