Historical temple discovered at El Tigre archaeological website in Campeche

A round temple probably devoted to the Maya god Kukulcán has been found on the El Tigre archaeological website in Campeche, throughout archaeological rescue work accompanying the Maya Practice venture.

Talking at President López Obrador’s Monday morning press convention, the pinnacle of the Nationwide Institute of Archaeology and Historical past (INAH), Diego Prieto Hernández, mentioned that the discover was of “nice significance.”

A circular stone structure visible behind trees.
The newly discovered temple seems to be devoted to the Kukulcán, the Maya snake deity. (INAH)

“This constructing broadens our data of the late occupation of El Tigre,” he defined. “Round constructions usually correspond to the early Postclassic interval between A.D. 1000 and 1200, when the Maya zone had hyperlinks with different areas of Mesoamerica, specifically with central Mexico, Oaxaca and the Gulf coast.”

These hyperlinks allowed for spiritual iconography to unfold between the 2 cultures, together with the feathered serpent deity identified within the Mexica (Aztec) world as Quetzalcóatl, which was doubtless adopted by the Mayas as Kukulcán.

A key historic supply on the area is the “Paxbolón Maldonado Papers,” a doc produced for the Chontal chief Paxbolón Maldonado in 1575-1576. It describes a settlement referred to as Itzamkanac that featured temples devoted to the 4 principal divinities of the Postclassic Maya, one in every of which was Kukulcán.

In accordance with archaeologist Ernesto Vargas Pacheco, who’s main the present excavation, the invention of a Kukulcán temple at El Tigre would recommend that El Tigre is the Itzamkanac described within the papers — a concept supported by the positioning’s cited location and different archaeological information.

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INAH director Diego Prieto mentioned the temple was a discover of “nice significance” that will broaden archaeologists’ understanding of the time interval.

The newly found construction is a round constructing with two ranges, as soon as topped by a temple with a flat roof. It’s much like a number of others within the Yucatán peninsula, in websites similar to Edzná, Becán, Uxmal and Chichen Itzá.

Within the press convention, Prieto Hernández once more praised the Archaeological Zone Enchancment Program (Promeza) that accompanies improvement of the Maya Practice, saying that it’s permitting Mexico “to get better the wonderful previous and cultural current of the good Mesoamerican Maya nation.” The excavations in El Tigre at the moment are 87% full.

As well as, Prieto Hernández expressed solidarity with the areas of Guerrero devastated by Hurricane Otis, and introduced that the Historic Museum of Acapulco can be quickly become an operations middle to assist these affected.

With studies from La Jornada Maya

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