Archaeologists find an old Mayan boat in southern Mexico

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The canoe was found in an underground water hole called the cenote not far from the important and famous Mayan city of Chichen Itza. The boat was submerged in water and about 1.6 meters long. According to the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the canoe may have been used to carry water or to put offerings in the water.

Experts currently estimate that the craft dates from 830 to 950 AD. At that time, the heyday of Mayan civilization came to an end, when dozens of cities flourished in what is now southern Mexico and Central America, and the Mayan culture made great advances in mathematics, writing, and the arts.

The “Maya train” that is supposed to travel through the area is a prestige project by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The train is good for tourism in the region, according to the president, and can also help reduce poverty in southern Mexico. However, critics argue that the project threatens to harm the wildlife in the area.

According to researchers, the found wooden canoe was used by the Mayans centuries ago. © ABOUT REUTERS

The well where the canoe was found. © ABOUT REUTERS

This almost completely intact clay pot was found in a cave in the area.

This almost completely intact clay pot was found in a cave in the area. © ABOUT REUTERS


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