As part of the archaeological rescue efforts carried out by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in the construction works of Section 7 of the Maya Train, experts discovered a funerary urn with the image of the Maya god of corn. INAH Director Diego Prieto reported on this significant finding during the morning press conference with the President of Mexico.

The urn corresponds to the Paaktzatz style, dating between the years 680 and 770 AD. It was found alongside another vessel, leading researchers to believe they were part of a foundational offering associated with a pre-Hispanic construction. It is a raw clay pot containing the remains of a person.

One side of the urn has applications representing the Maya symbol ik, associated with wind and the divine. Additionally, the figure of the corn god in the form of a growing cob is depicted. Similar images of this deity have been found in figurines on the island of Jaina, Campeche.

The lid of the urn features the figure of an owl, a symbol also present on the other vessel of the offering. For the Maya, the owl was an omen of war. Both objects were crafted in the Río Bec area between 680 and 770 AD.

The other vessel has applications simulating ceiba thorns, a sacred tree for the Maya. Archaeologists believe that these vessels were part of a foundational offering associated with an ancient construction.

INAH also reported on other discoveries in Sections 5, 6, and 7 of the Maya Train, where tens of thousands of structures, objects, ceramic fragments, and burials have been documented. It is expected that these findings will shed more light on Maya culture in the region.

Diego Prieto Hernández mentioned that other notable actions in these three sections will include the soon-to-be opening of the new service area at the Tulum Archaeological Zone in Quintana Roo, as well as the start of museography and visitor service facilities at the Museum of the Eastern Coast, which is being constructed within the Jaguar Park.


Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) de México

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