The construction of this mega work and with the pieces recovered by the INAH, the Mayan Train provides New Knowledge of the Mayan Culture
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has positioned itself as the guardian of the cultural, natural and biocultural legacy of five jewels of the Mexican southeast: Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, Yucatán and Quintana Roo.
In the context of the Mayan Train project, INAH has focused its analytical lens on deciphering, categorizing and understanding unearthed relics to gain a more detailed perspective of the ancient civilizations that once thrived in the region.
Diego Prieto Hernández, director of INAH, shared recent information in a media meeting led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Mayan Train provides New Knowledge of the Mayan Culture
As of September 28, the inventory showed impressive numbers:
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- A record of 55,459 architectural structures including ancient foundations and walls.
- More than 1.2 million ceramic fragments, which are currently under meticulous analysis in specialized facilities.
- 1,925 artifacts, highlighting stone instruments, ceramics and decorative figures, with a special emphasis on 1,409 vessels that are being meticulously restored.
- 653 bone remains have been documented.
- 2,252 natural elements, such as caves, underground water sources and ritual sites, directly linked to human coexistence and the ceremonial practices of the Mayans.
According to Hernández, this meticulous conservation work provides a unique window into the past of the people who settled in the Yucatán Peninsula, with a particular focus on the enigmatic Mayan culture.
“These communities shared a unified worldview, a synchronized interpretation of time, and a devotion to specific divinities of the Mesoamerican Mayan horizon. “This data is crucial to unraveling the historical demographics and location patterns of the ancient Maya,” he expressed.
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INAH’s efforts do not end there. The institute actively promotes the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones (Promeza) which covers 27 sites: 11 in Quintana Roo, 10 in Yucatán, and the rest distributed between Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas.
Additionally, ten Visitor Service Centers are being established in iconic sites such as Palenque and Chichén Itzá, among others.
In parallel, the development of the Ateneo Peninsular in Mérida and the creation of six museums, including the outstanding Great Museum of Chichén Itzá and the Museum of the Eastern Coast in Tulum, promise to enrich the cultural offer.
In an exclusive multimedia presentation, the INAH leader revealed news about two archaeological zones: El Rey and San Miguelito in Quintana Roo. Both, full of stories and beauty, will be complemented by the exhibitions of the Mayan Museum of Cancun, where visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the Mayan civilization.
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