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Discovery of ancient Maya residential buildings in the Kabah archaeological site

by Magali Alvarez
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For the first time in the Archaeological Zone of Kabah, two sets of buildings of residential use were discovered, with an antiquity of a little more than 10 centuries.

The discovery, in charge of specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), is derived from the infrastructure improvement works being carried out in Yucatan, within the framework of the priority project of the Maya Train.
Archaeologist Lourdes Toscano Hernández emphasized the importance of the finding, because it is the first time that this type of pre-Hispanic constructions are located in the heritage site.

She indicated that there were already indirect notions of these groups located in the central part of the settlement, but until recently they remained covered by the vegetal mantle that they acquired with the passage of time”.
Now, the investigation and consolidation will allow to extend the circuit of visit in the pre-Hispanic city and will offer greater lights on the ancient settlers of Kabah.

She clarified that the name in Maya of this pre-Columbian city means “Lord of the strong or powerful hand”, which is located approximately 100 kilometers from the city of Merida, and was founded between the years 250 and 500 of our era, by migrants from the Peten region of Guatemala or Belize.
When delving on the recently found houses, he informed that among them a palace type building stands out, with an extension of 26 meters and a main facade composed by a portico of eight pilasters and nine openings.

This structure was decorated with motifs of feathers, beads and birds carved in its architecture; also, its staircase has vestiges of a stucco mask, which covered up to nine meters in length.
So far, the research team, coordinated by Toscano Hernández, has recovered ceramic remains characteristic of the Petén area, such as polychrome cajetes and utilitarian vessels.

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