Mayan Train

This is what the new eco-archaeological corridor will look like on section 5 of the Mayan Train

A new Eco-Archaeological Corridor will enable four new zones and will rescue more than 10 thousand archaeological records in section 5 of the Tren Maya.

The idea of investigating 10 thousand archaeological records in the Yucatan Peninsula makes every professional and amateur archaeologist happy. It is a research expedition that will last for many years. In addition, according to Diego Prieto, according to Diego Prieto, head of INAH, this does not exclude the possibility of a continuity program for other areas.

With this in mind, additional resources will be sought for other sites, since this is an area in which “there are thousands and thousands of archaeological sites in the Yucatan Peninsula and, in general, in the Mexican Maya area, we have information that, I insist, tells us that in all this area there are more than 10 thousand archaeological records, which are now increasing with the studies and the archaeological salvage tasks”.

This information was given in the weekly progress report of the Mayan Train presented in “la mañanera” at the National Palace, where federal officials and representatives of the construction companies gave details of section 5 south, which goes from Playa del Carmen to Tulum.

This section includes the construction of two railroad stations, and work is being done to improve the Muyil and Tulum archeological sites, as well as the rescue and conservation of four new areas: Garra del Jaguar cave, Manitas cave (with cave paintings), Ocho Balas cave, and Paamul II.

In addition, this zone made it possible to build kilometers of elevated viaduct so that it would be possible to protect the karst soil, cenotes, caverns and subway rivers in the area, according to Javier May, general director of the National Fund for Tourism Development.

This section will also have a 266-meter-long cable-stayed bridge to safeguard the Garra del Jaguar cave, which will be one of the four new sites being rescued and investigated as part of the Archaeological Zone Improvement Program.

Maya Eco-Archaeological Corridor

These improvements make up the new eco-archaeological corridor that will be in section 5 South, once the archaeological prospecting is completed; that is, once the identification of the remains to be preserved and recovered is finished. Although there is only a 50 percent advance in the excavation and recovery of archaeological material, with a registry of 7,188 structures and remains of immovable character; as well as 132 archaeological objects and 8,878 fragments that are being analyzed in laboratories? so there will still be a long time to go.

As for the Tulum Zone, two new groups will be opened, Nauyacas and Cresterías, and in the archaeological zone of Muyil the diagnosis for the conservation tasks has been concluded.

As for the Tulum Zone, two new groups will be opened, Nauyacas and Cresterías, and in the archaeological zone of Muyil the diagnosis for the conservation tasks has been concluded.

As in each week’s report, Diego Prieto stated: “So far 7, 188 structures and vestiges of immovable character have been recovered and registered; we have also been able to recover 132 archaeological objects of movable character (ceramics, lithic, figurines), which are basically intact, that is, complete; 8878 fragments or pottery sherds, which are being analyzed in the laboratories we installed for this object; one burial and 588 natural features associated with the development of human groups in the region, which give us enormous information and are, above all, caves, semi-flooded caves and cenotes.”

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