New Discoveries at Chichén Itzá

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Important discoveries are still being made at Chichén Itzá, one of the most important archaeological sites in México.

Expert archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Yucatán state government, continue to uncover Mayan structures and objects.

Among the most recent finds are a stone table, a structure used for rituals, a pyrite disc, and five architectural areas. The table and disk are estimated to date back to between 900 and 1000 AD, and 850 and 1200 AD, respectively.

Experts believe that four of the five architectural areas may have been residences, while the fifth, due to its structure, indicates that it may have been used to carry out rituals.

These structures were found in a secluded section which is not accessible to visitors, allowing archaeologists to conduct controlled exploration and excavations in a meticulous and careful manner.

The aforementioned stone table is a piece with very interesting characteristics. It measures 1.50 m long by 1.27 wide, and it is the only stone table found on the site. When the four pieces are put together, a scene carved on the edges that contains 34 characters appears. 18 of them represent captives, with their hands tied, and the remaining 16 are the warriors who captured them.

Another important find a large room with 36 2-meter high columns, 16 of which have been excavated. It is believed that this site served as a site for ceremonies or collective meetings.

The project also included conservation work on the Church, Ball Court and the structure under the Temple of the Warriors.