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INAH temporarily closes the Muyil Archaeological Zone in Quintana Roo

by Yucatan Times
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The INAH will carry out the necessary interventions to preserve this important site

The Federal Ministry of Culture, through the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), announced the temporary closure of the Muyil Archaeological Zone in Quintana Roo, starting June 4, 2024 and until further notice due to the works contemplated as part of the Archaeological Zone Improvement Program.

The Institute announced that these interventions are necessary to “preserve and improve the conditions of this site, of great cultural and historical relevance.” Muyil, also known as Chunyaxché, is a settlement whose occupation dates back to the late Preclassic (300 – 50 BC). Its strategic location allowed it to maintain significant relations with settlements in northern Belize and southern Quintana Roo, which evolved over time to become more closely linked to the interior of the Yucatan Peninsula during the late Classic.

During the Early Classic (250 – 600 AD), Muyil established itself as an important Maya city, with the construction of notable Petén-style buildings, including El Castillo and the foundations of the Entrance Group. In the Early Postclassic (1000 – 1200 AD), the city maintained contacts with Chichén Itzá and later with Mayapán.

Finally, in the Late Postclassic (1200 – 1450 AD), Muyil experienced significant growth, integrating itself into the coastal trade networks of the peninsula.

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