El INAH descubre vestigios funerarios en Palenque durante las labores de construcción del Tren Maya

INAH discovers funerary vestiges in Palenque during the construction work of the Mayan Train

In full development of the construction works of the Mayan Train, an archaeological discovery has been produced that has left the experts completely surprised, INAH discovers funerary vestiges in Palenque.

In the vicinity of Palenque, in the state of Chiapas, a burial chamber has been discovered containing two buried bodies, as well as an offering and a niche decorated with figures carved in green stone.

The discovery has generated great expectations among the archaeological community, as it is an important testimony of the Mayan culture and its rich history in the region.

INAH specialists have highlighted the relevance of the finding and have indicated that exhaustive studies will be carried out to determine the age of the remains and their relationship with other nearby archaeological structures and monuments.

The age of the remains has not been determined, but archaeologists have confirmed that the bodies were buried following the funerary customs of the civilization that inhabited Palenque between the 3rd and 10th centuries.

INAH discovers funerary vestiges in Palenque

INAH descubre vestigios funerarios en Palenque, Chiapas durante los trabajos del Tren Maya. Foto: INAH

The highest representative of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Diego Prieto, has reported that the discovery occurred while archaeological rescue work was being carried out in the vicinity of the Palenque camp.

The burial chamber is made up of two burials, one main and one secondary, with an intact skeleton facing up and facing north. A skull has also been found that is still being identified. They found three plates and some figurines made of green stone in the offering located inside the chamber.

The INAH has recovered 2,655 buildings, 218 ceramic objects, metates, domestic instruments and figurines, as well as 255,683 ceramic fragments that are in the process of analysis and 177 human burials, according to the INAH.

The leader of the institution has affirmed that with these findings “the archaeological rescue work has practically been completed.”

The construction of the Mayan Train has been criticized for its environmental impact in the region, but for Prieto, the archaeological finds are a unique research opportunity in the Mayan region of Mexico.

INAH discovers funerary vestiges in Palenque

INAH descubre vestigios funerarios en Palenque. Foto: INAH

To deal with the expected increase in tourists, the government has developed programs to improve the archaeological zones and the construction of the Visitor Service Center in Palenque; as well as the proposal of tourist packages.

The Palenque museum is in the process of updating its scientific script and new signage and infrastructure improvements are being planned for merchants and artisans in the area.

It is planned that this year a new archaeological zone called Group IV will be inaugurated.

Although the first section of López Obrador’s flagship work, the Mayan Train, is progressing at a good pace, the complete route will not be ready until August 2022. The first carriages are scheduled to arrive in July of this year, more than three years after the works started.

INAH discovers funerary vestiges in Palenque

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