Xiol: Recently Discovered Mayan City in Kanasín

Xiol: Recently discovered Mayan city in KanasínKanasín is just a few kilometres eat of Merida where archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found a undiscovered Mayan site, estimated to inhabit at least four thousand people.

The discovery includes ruins of temples, shrines and facades with prehispanic decorations were found. The discovery was made when excavations for the construction of the new Merida to Chetumal highway, which will expand from two to four lanes.

The researcher and INAH archaeologist Carlos Peraza Lope said that this is a site that dates back to the Late Classic – Terminal Classic, around the years 800 and 900 AD ; but ceramics dating from earlier periods have been found as well, these artifacts range from the Preclassic to the Postclassic Period. Peraza Lope said that the recent discovery indicates that the area had a long occupation period, from 500 BC until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors.

The site was named ” Xiol ” because it is located in the grounds of a henequen hacienda with that name – and hence the relationship with The Mapmker’s Opera!

The INAH researcher said there are remnants of homes where the Maya lived, “metates”, grinding stones, tools, pots , stone walls and green jade beads, among other prehispanic artifacts.  The excavations began on February 3, 2014 and will last until the end of May in an area of ??35 kilometers along the Mérida – Chetumal road.




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