TULUM, México – During President Andrés López Obrador’s morning conference, Diego Prieto Hernández, the director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), unveiled the remarkable salvaging endeavors planned for Tulum. These projects, which are complementary to the much-discussed Tren Maya, promise to reshape the archaeological landscape of this historic region.
According to the INAH report, the institute is currently engrossed in constructing new archaeological complexes to the north of Tulum. These complexes, known as the Nauyacas and Cresterías Ensembles, are being developed on an awe-inspiring cliff that overlooks the sea, just north of the walled area within the Jaguar National Park.
The report further elaborates that the INAH is dedicated to specialized actions aimed at conserving mural paintings and stucco reliefs in various buildings, as well as conducting major maintenance work on structures accessible to the public.
Moreover, INAH specialists are diligently working on developing content and designing 190 explanatory panels. Additionally, they are renovating the service unit, creating an interpretive room, and establishing an archaeological campsite. These initiatives will enhance the overall experience for visitors and provide deeper insights into the captivating history of the region.
In regard to the Visitor Center at the Jaguar Park, the INAH disclosed its plans to establish the Eastern Coast Museum. This new museum aims to shed light on the ancient and present struggles and resilience of the Mayan people in the region.
Prieto Hernández further shared that, across the seven sections of the Tren Maya, an astounding 52,751 immovable assets have been identified and preserved. Among these discoveries are foundations, embankments, and pedestals, all of which provide invaluable glimpses into the architectural prowess of the ancient civilization.
Additionally, the INAH has unearthed an astonishing 1,134,908 ceramic fragments, 1,925 movable assets comprising metal and ceramic artifacts, 767 vessels, 612 skeletal remains, and 1,812 natural features, including caves and cenotes. These findings underscore the immense population density that once thrived in the Mayan region and the profound cultural legacy that endures.