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Researchers have found sacred Maya relics together with a 10,000-year-old Human skeleton in an underwater cave in Mexico.
In what is considered the world’s most important underwater archaeological site, experts have discovered sacred ancient Maya relics, together with human remains and Ice Age Animal Bones. So far, experts have discovered a total of 198 objects, including walls, altars and a Mayan burial site with human remains. Some of these objects date back more than 10,000 years and belonged to the first settlers of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
The team in charge of the Great Maya Aquifer Project found a human skeleton which is believed to be 10 thousand years old, in what is considered the largest cenote in the world, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The recently found bone structure is the fourth skeleton found so far, of what are believed to be the first settles in the area.
Lead Archaeologist Guillermo De Anda reported in a press conference the discovery of a cenote with stairs and altars dedicated to Ek Chuah, the God of war and commerce.
“I think it’s overwhelming. Without a doubt, it’s the most important submerged archaeological site in the world. It is very unlikely that there is another site in the world with these characteristics. There is an impressive amount of archaeological artifacts inside, and the level of preservation is also impressive.”
It is assumed that this space was used as a pilgrimage point by Mayan merchants.
Archaeologists found a large number of pottery remains and a mask representing the Ek Chuah.
The land routes used by the Maya for trade needed points of “ritual pilgrimage,” according to De Anda.
“On their way inland, they had to make stops at altars and in sacred places to make an exchange with the gods and, in some way, this is one of the traces they have left,” he said.
The so-called Cave of the God of Commerce has a temple and a stairway that allows access to the cave.
Throughout 347 kilometers of tunnels under the soil of Quintana Roo, archaeological and paleontological remains are concentrated in 198 places.
The team researching the world’s most important underwater archaeological site has the support of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and National Geographic to explore the flooded galleries, where unique elements have been found so far, such as a cave with remains of Pleistocene fauna embedded in the walls.
Experts have uncovered a total of 198 objects in the cave system.
As noted by De Anda, the remains found could account for “a catastrophic event” that allowed these bones to remain in that place.
“We still need to determine what these bones belong to, but the project is integrating a resident paleontologist to understand these contexts and take care of them as they should,” he concluded.