“ El Palomar”, the second section of the Uxmal archaeological site is now open to the public

Palomar (Pigeon House) building at the ruins of the ancient Mayan city Uxmal, Mexico

The climax of Puuc Mayan architecture was open to the public, with the ribbon cutting of the set of pre-Hispanic buildings contained in “ El Palomar”.

Standing at the second section of Uxmal, the restored building is adorned with triangle cresting, which delimits a kind of uneven plaza (sunken patio), where there is a round structure and a central temple in which archaeologists found, in October 2022, the Stela 18, one of the most important finds in the area.

The director of the archaeological zone of Uxmal, José Huchim Herrera, announced that with this new stage, they could go from receiving 350 thousand visitors a year to one million tourists.

Regarding the archaeological and historical importance of the Palomar, he recalled that ten years ago they found a pectoral with deer bones, Strombus snails, and a hieroglyphic cartouche of a character called Nicté Há, one of the rulers of Uxmal during the year 810 AD

“El Palomar,” he said, is a reconstructed area of ​​this ancient Mayan city, with vestiges dating back more than 2,300 years, which include a plaza and a palace-type structure.

He commented that the recovery of these enclosures took about 5 years, and now it is open to the public, to offer a broader vision of the presence of Puuc architecture, belonging to the classic Mayan period that dates back to 300 BC, and that has not been recovered.

He explained that the work on these constructions is not completely completed, he said that the architectural complex presents a multi-level layout, which establishes that they were buildings made approximately in 300 BC and its group of constructions in its surroundings known as “El Palomar” is dated between 700 and 850 AD.

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