In the east of the Yucatan Peninsula, scientists have discovered a dungeon with sacred objects in it. This is reported by a press release from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.
On November 20, officials from the civic association of cavers Círculo Espeleológico del Mayab and the Urban Cenotes project in Playa del Carmen, which registers and maps caves in the east of the Yucatan Peninsula, said they had found archaeological artifacts around the town of Chemuyil. In the farthest part of the secret cave, where the locals did not go, the researchers found three objects. Preliminary analysis showed that they date from the late postclassic Maya period (1200-1521 AD).
The first item is a monochrome vessel. It is noted that one of the two handles has survived, and at the base there is a concave cavity typical of Mayan ceramics of this time. The second find is a spherical pot, which was found crushed – the root of one of the trees pressed it against the stones, as a result of which it broke. The third item is very different from the previous ones – this ceramic vessel was made with better quality and accuracy.
The researchers found that the last time the vessel was laid upside down and surrounded by stones. Archaeologists have concluded that this is how the Maya made offerings to their deities. The first two vessels were used to collect pure water flowing from stalactites, also as part of a ritual.
Specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, as members of the civic association of cavers, will continue to explore and explore this cave. Two vessels and a bowl were donated to the Mayan Museum in Cancun.