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Fri Dec 27, 2019, 02:28 AM

Kulub: Dig uncovers large Mayan palace in Mexico

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There are fears the site is too exposed to sun and wind

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the ruins of a large palace they believe dates back to the height of the Mayan civilisation, 1,000 years ago.

Remains of a building six metres (20ft) high, 55m long and 15m wide were found at a dig on the site of the ancient city of Kulubá in Yucatán state.

It is thought the structure was used over two periods of Mayan history as far back as 600 AD.

The Mayan civilisation flourished before Spain conquered the region.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 02:31 AM

1. Amazing find. Great pic on linked page.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 03:40 AM

2. The Yucatan might be at the top of the most exciting places for archeologists currently,

as it has to be explosive being able to see so many cities there through amazing breakthroughs in photography, hidden under the forests after all these ages since they were active. It is shocking seeing them springing into view in photos taken with special equipment from great altitude now, they are all over the place.

What a shame the Spanish enslaved and slaughtered almost all the people who lived there originally. That left only a much smaller number of inhabitants for the next rounds of genocide. Once the truth is known about how advanced the people really were, so very long ago, I would expect the murderous dimwits who stole the land from the inhabitants to start treating the descendants of the survivors with a little more respect, by god.

I have read it was written by the first wave of nimrods arriving from Spain that they were astonished to see gleaming white cities filled with people, and that the cities were larger than those they had left behind them in Spain. I've seen that mentioned repeatedly over the years. They had a very ugly way of showing their respect then. (I guess they assumed the real Americans were deficient because they hadn't thought of slaughtering people with weaponry as deadly as European death toys.)

Thanks for the comment.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 03:31 AM

4. Thanks for all you do to enlighten us. Tragic and hideous to crush civilizations, multitudes, beauty

out of greed and in the guise of religious fervor.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 05:23 PM

3. Palace Discovered at Ancient Maya City of Kuluba

Friday, December 27, 2019

Mexico Kuluba Palace

KULUBA, MEXICO—The Guardian reports that a team of archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History have unearthed the remains of a six-room palace at the site of Kuluba in northeast Yucatan. The structure stretches some 180 feet long and stands up to 20 feet high. According to archaeologist Alfredo Barrera Rubio, one of the project's leaders, the building is part of a larger complex that includes an altar and residential rooms, and appears to have been in use from A.D. 600 to 1050. “We know very little about the architectural characteristics of this region," said Rubio. "So one of our main objectives, as well as the protection and restoration of cultural heritage, is the study of the architecture of Kuluba.” To read more about ancient Maya centers, go to "The City at the Beginning of the World."


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:14 AM

5. Archaeologists discover remains of vast Mayan palace in Mexico

Ancient building found 100 miles west of Cancùn estimated to be more than 1,000 years old
Emma Graham-Harrison
Fri 27 Dec 2019 09.18 EST

Archaeologists in Mexico have uncovered the remains of a vast Mayan palace over 1,000 years old in an ancient city about 100 miles west of the tourist hotspot of Cancún.

The building in Kulubá is 55 metres long, 15 metres wide and six metres high, and appears to have been made up of six rooms, said Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History.

It is part of a larger complex that also includes two residential rooms, an altar and a large round oven. Archaeologists have also uncovered remains from a burial site, and hope forensic analysis of the bones could provide more clues about Kulubá’s Mayan inhabitants.

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Their cities featured pyramid temples and huge stone buildings, and they used agriculture and metalwork, developed sophisticated irrigation systems and invented a hieroglyphic writing system.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:56 AM

6. Smithsonian Magazine: An Ancient Maya Palace Was Discovered in Yucatn State

Archaeologists think it was occupied by Maya elite more than 1,000 years ago

Parts of Kulubá are already open to the public, and the INAH hopes the newly discovered palace will become accessible “in the medium term.” (Mauricio Marat/INAH )

By Brigit Katz
DECEMBER 27, 2019

At the archaeological site of Kulubá, nestled amid the lowland forests of Mexico’s Yucatán state, experts have unearthed the remains of a large palace believed to have been used by Maya elite around 1,000 years ago.

According to Emma Graham-Harrison of the Guardian, the structure spans nearly 20 feet high, 180 feet long and almost 50 feet wide. It appears to have consisted of six rooms, and is part of a larger complex that includes two residential rooms, an altar and an oven. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) says archaeologists also uncovered a burial containing “various individuals” during excavation of the palace; the organization hopes that anthropological examination of these remains will help shed light on the people who once populated Kulubá.

Experts think the site was occupied for two distinct periods: between 600 to 900 A.D. and 850 to 1050 A.D. The first era of habitation falls within the Classic Period of the Maya civilization, when the ancient people occupied a swath of territory across Mexico, Guatemala and northern Belize. They built thriving cities, and their population swelled to more than 19 million people. By around 900 A.D., however, many major Maya cities had collapsed for reasons that remain unclear; researchers have suggested challenges associated with climate change (including extreme drought), warfare and changing trade patterns played a role in the decline.

But the Maya didn’t simply vanish after their empire fell. As cities in the southern lowlands of Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras—“the heart of Maya civilization,” according to History.com—were abandoned, locations in the northern lowlands began to thrive. Among them was Chichén Itzá, a city in Yucatán state that shows signs of having been taken over by warriors of the Toltec people in the 10th century. And as the city persisted past the Classic Period, so did Kulubá. Based in part on similarities between ceramic materials found at both sites, archaeologists believe that Kulubá was under the control of Chichén Itzá, the INAH explains.


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