Two ancient Maya residential complexes were discovered in Kabah, Yucatán

The work that began months ago in the archaeological zone of Kabah has concluded with the exploration of two sets of residential buildings, which, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), is the first time such constructions have been found in Yucatán.

The General Director of INAH, Diego Prieto Hernández, briefly informed in a document that “there were already indirect notions of these sets.” These explorations are part of the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones (Promeza).

It is detailed that in the central part of the settlement, these structures had remained covered by the vegetation that they acquired over time.

It is worth noting that the director of the archaeological zone, Lourdes Toscano Hernández, who is also conducting the exploration work, discovered a pyramid in the Petén style, just a few meters from the recently explored residential area.

INAH explained that the name Kabah in Spanish means “Lord of the strong or powerful hand” and that its foundation dates back to between 250 and 500 AD by migrants from the Petén region of Guatemala or Belize.

When delving into the recently found residences, the anthropologist noted that among them stands out a palace-type building, measuring 26 meters in length, with a main façade composed of an eight-pillar portico and nine openings.

In addition to Toscano Herrera, the director of the Puuc Route (archaeological zones of Oxkintok, Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Labná, and Chacmultún), José Huchim Herrera, has recovered characteristic ceramic remains of the Petén area, such as polychrome jars and utilitarian vessels.

The director explained on other occasions to MILENIO that in the Santa Elena Valley, where part of the Puuc Route is located, there are 400 archaeological sites that are not open to the public.

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