April 6, 2024
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Archaeologists Uncover Death Deity Sculpture in Tulum

TULUM, Quintana Roo – In a momentous announcement, Javier May, the director of Fonatur and the driving force behind the Tulum revitalization project, shed light on the progress made in sections 5, 6, and 7. He revealed that concurrent rehabilitation works are underway at nine archaeological sites spanning from Cancun to Tulum, and from Tulum to Chetumal and Chetumal Escárcega.

Diego Prieto, the head of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), further affirmed that Tulum, the nation’s third most visited site, is among the areas undergoing comprehensive research and adaptation efforts. Notably, certain areas that were previously inaccessible to the public will be opened for exploration.

Prieto emphasized the collaborative nature of the project, highlighting the involvement of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas and the Ministry of National Defense in a joint initiative known as the El Jaguar National Park project, centered around Tulum.

Archaeologists Uncover Death Deity Sculpture in Tulum

The scope of research and rehabilitation extends beyond Tulum, encompassing other significant locations such as Muyil and El Meco, both falling within the purview of section 5.

During the week, an astonishing discovery was made—a sculpture depicting a deity of death, characterized by its haunting mortuary features. Prieto Hernández, the distinguished figure at the helm of INAH, showcased this remarkable finding during the morning presidential conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, on the 19th of June, 2023. (Photo credit: Pablo Ramos)

Archaeologists Uncover Death Deity Sculpture in Tulum

The concerted efforts to breathe new life into these ancient sites are not only commendable but also crucial for preserving our shared cultural heritage. Tulum, renowned for its historical significance and unparalleled beauty, continues to captivate visitors from around the world. With the imminent expansion of public access to previously off-limits areas, tourists will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the enigmatic allure of this remarkable destination.

The rehabilitation endeavors, driven by meticulous research and adaptive strategies, promise to offer a fresh perspective on Tulum’s rich past. As experts employ their expertise to unlock hidden stories and unravel the mysteries that lie beneath the surface, visitors will witness the magic of this ancient civilization being restored before their eyes.

Moreover, the involvement of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas and the Ministry of National Defense exemplifies the commitment of the Mexican government to safeguarding its natural and cultural treasures. The El Jaguar National Park project, a remarkable collaborative initiative, aims to protect and preserve the invaluable biodiversity surrounding Tulum, ensuring that future generations can continue to appreciate the symbiotic relationship between history and nature.

As the rehabilitation efforts span across multiple sections and encompass various archaeological sites, each with its unique historical significance, the collective impact of these endeavors will undoubtedly elevate Tulum’s standing as a global cultural destination. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of ancient civilizations while basking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the surrounding landscapes.


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