Mexico: Largest-Ever Mayan “Cemetery” Found in Tabasco

Posted on June 30, 2011 • Filed under: Archaeology, Culture, Mexico

Archaeologists with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found what is believed to be the largest pre-Hispanic cemetery yet discovered at the archaeological site of Comalcalco in Tabasco, Milenio reports. Archaeologists originally believed they were excavating housing remains, but soon discovered 66 funerary urns and 50 burial sites, all between 1,161 and 1,200 years old. Prior to this discovery, graves had only been found in groups of two or three, thus experts had not believed that cemeteries existed prior to the Spanish conquest. The discovery is part of the Comalcalco Archaeological Rescue Project put forth by the INAH and the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) in order to clear the area for an electrical substation. Read Article

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