Mayan Train Will Enhance Archaeological Jewels in Cancun, enriching the diversity of sites that tourists and train travelers will be able to visit, in addition to museums and service centers.
With the imminent launch of the Mayan Train, planned to transform tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula, historical places, such as the archaeological zones of San Miguelito and El Rey, along with the Mayan Museum of Cancun in Quintana Roo, promise to offer an experience enriching for visitors.
These spaces, immersed in the tourist heart of Cancun, will form an essential route for travelers from all over the world.
Mayan Train Will Enhance Archaeological Jewels in Cancun
The recent intervention of the general director of INAH, Diego Prieto Hernández, at the briefing chaired by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, shed light on the interconnection of these historical sites.
Originally, San Miguelito and El Rey formed a single community founded in the 4th century. The unearthed relics reveal a community dedicated to fishing, whose presence continued until the early incursion of Spanish colonizers.
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A curiosity worth mentioning, found in San Miguelito, is a prismatic tool made with ancestral techniques, but using European glass, indicative of an occupation until around 1540.
INAH investigations on bone remnants from these regions show signs of diseases such as anemia, probably aggravated by the adversities derived from the Spanish arrival.
Eventually, difficulties forced the survivors to leave their lands and seek refuge in the deep mantle of the Mayan forest.
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Hernández also detailed the progress of the archaeological rescue supervised by INAH within the framework of the Mayan Train project.
At the end of September 2023, 55,459 real estate properties, more than one million ceramic fragments, and other artifacts were counted, evidencing the rich history of the Mayan civilization in the region.
The INAH director emphasized: “The rich historical tapestry that unfolds between the 5th century BC. and the 16th AD It shows us various city-states in the Mexican southeast, each one with its worldview and divinities, but in constant territorial dispute. The excavations associated with the Mayan Train allow us to deepen our understanding of these cultures.”
As a culmination, Prieto Hernández highlighted that, in addition to the improvement of 27 archaeological sites under Promeza, other projects, such as the revitalization of the Ateneo Peninsular in Mérida and the construction of new museums and care centers, will enrich the cultural and heritage offering of the Mexican southeast. , available to residents and future passengers of the Mayan Train.
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