Archaeological Treasure of the Mayan Train: A Journey to the Pre-Hispanic Past. INAH Reveals Shocking Archaeological Finds on the Mayan Train Route.
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), under the direction of Diego Prieto Hernández, has announced significant progress in the archaeological rescue associated with the Mayan Train megaproject.
During a press conference with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Prieto Hernández highlighted the importance of this project for the recovery and preservation of the rich cultural history of the southeastern region of Mexico.
Shocking Archaeological Finds on the Mayan Train Route
The director of INAH stressed the institution’s commitment to rescuing the historical and cultural memory of pre-Hispanic civilizations, especially the Mayan, that spread throughout this geographical area.
A Window to the Mayan World: Discoveries and Rescue
To date, excavation work has yielded impressive results:
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- More than 58,000 fixed elements, such as structures and foundations, have been recovered.
- A staggering count of over 1.4 million pottery shards.
- Nearly 2,000 furniture objects, including pieces of great historical value.
- Around 1,476 artifacts are currently undergoing restoration.
- 669 human remains have been discovered.
- Additionally, 2,252 natural features such as caves and cenotes have been catalogued.
Outstanding Findings and Promise
Among the most notable discoveries, Prieto Hernández highlighted the burial found in the Acropolis of Ek’Balam, Yucatán. This burial chamber, formerly a water tank, houses the remains of a woman and a man, offering a unique insight into the Mayan funerary ritual.
In addition, INAH is implementing the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones (Promeza) in 29 sites, where exhaustive research, conservation and improvement of site infrastructure and museums is carried out.
These projects include the construction of eight new museums in strategic locations such as Palenque, Edzná, Ruta Puuc and more.
Edzná: A Case Study
The archaeological site of Edzná, in Campeche, has become a focal point of Promeza.
Here, extensive work is being carried out to preserve structures from different eras and functions.
In addition, a site museum and a Visitor Service Center (Catvi) are being developed, which will include commercial and tourist areas, terraces and parking lots.
Recognition of Academic Excellence
Finally, Prieto Hernández took the opportunity to congratulate the winners of the INAH 2023 Awards in various categories, recognizing their contribution to the study and preservation of Mexico’s cultural heritage.
The Mayan Train project not only promises to be a driver of development and mobility in southeastern Mexico, but is also becoming an open door to the pre-Hispanic past, revealing cultural treasures that enrich the history and knowledge of one of the most fascinating civilizations in the world.
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