The largest archaeological zone in the world is under the water of Tulum

The largest archaeological zone in the world is under the water of Tulum

The largest archaeological zone in the world is under the water of Tulum

The past reaches the present with this new finding.

Within the worldview of the Maya, the cenotes represented the underworld, a level beyond heaven and earth. There the deities lived, good and evil lived together, there was a magic inside that governed the main myth of this civilization.

On January 10, 2018 the myth has reached reality. The members of the Underwater Exploration Group of the Great Maya Aquifer have discovered a passage that connects two of the largest flooded caves on the planet: Sac Actún (a word from the Mayan that means white cave) and Dos Ojos in Tulum, Quintana Roo.

This labyrinth measures 347 kilometers (to size its size, it is almost the equivalent of the distance between Uxmal and Tulum by land), which makes it the largest archaeological area discovered to date.

What they have found there goes beyond imagination. Researchers and officials – among them, Guillermo De Anda, INAH specialist – report that there are archaeological contexts under water from 12 thousand years ago. Skeletons of extinct animals, such as the giant sloth, Mayan pottery vessels and even objects from the Colony are some of the underwater finds.

However, getting here was not easy. An expedition that lasted more than 10 months was necessary to find the connection between the two cenote systems. On the other hand, 20 years of experience in diving and 14 of searching for the caves were the reason why Robert Schmittner was appointed as chief diver of the mission.

This labyrinth measures 347 kilometers (to size its size, it is almost the equivalent of the distance between Uxmal and Tulum by land), which makes it the largest archaeological area discovered to date.

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Sac Actún was the second largest system of cenotes, but from this finding it will be the name of both caves and the labyrinth that unites them. However, the research work continues, since it is believed that there are 1,400 kilometers of fresh water only in the Yucatan Peninsula.

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