Ancient Mayan city discovered by archaeologists on construction site

On the building site of what will become an industrial park outside Merida, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, archaeologists discovered the remnants of an ancient Mayan city packed with palaces, pyramids, and plazas.

Archaeologists say the site, known as Xiol, exhibits traces of the Mayan Puuc type of construction, which is abundant in the southern Yucatan Peninsula but uncommon near Merida.

“We believe there were more than 4,000 people living around here,” said Carlos Peraza, one of the archaeologists who conducted the excavation of the settlement, which was populated between 600 and 900 A.D.

“There were individuals from different social strata living in these magnificent palaces… priests, scribes, and there were also regular people living in modest structures,” Peraza explained.

Adult and child burial places were also discovered nearby, together with obsidian and flint tools, offerings, and other personal items.

Marine life remains were also uncovered in the region, suggesting that the city’s residents supplemented their agricultural diets by fishing off the coast.

After the development of an industrial park began, Xiol was discovered. According to the landowners, that will still be erected, however the archaeological remains will be protected.

“Over time, the area’s urban expansion has developed, and many of the historical relics have been destroyed… yet even we archaeologists were amazed to see a site so well maintained,” Peraza said.

Latest articles

Canada turns down plan to decriminalize hard drugs

The Canadian government has turned down Toronto's request to decriminalize the small-scale possession of hard drugs, citing public safety concerns and lack of political...

Can Georgia protests save nation’s future?

Georgia is in trouble. After years of relative calm, this small, stunningly beautiful country, nestled between the pale beaches of the Black Sea and...

Can countries cope up with falling birth rates?

With birth rates continuing to decline in both nations, it is tempting to use the term "timebomb." However, demographers, the experts in population change,...

Dublin-New York portal reopens but with limited hours

A live video "portal" connecting Dublin and New York has reopened after a temporary closure due to instances of "inappropriate behaviour." The continuous live...

Related articles