AN ANCIENT structure that could be linked to snake gods has been discovered in a Mexican jungle.
Archaeologists believe they have found evidence of a disturbing cult and have high hopes that it could be the key to unlocking 1,200-year-old Mayan secrets.
The revelation shines a bright light on the spiritual significance of El Tigre and its importance in the Mayan world after years of interest.
A team of researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has discovered a frightening circular structure at an El Tigre site in Campeche, Mexico.
El Tigre has long been known as an ancient Mayan settlement used by the Chontal or Putun people, who worshiped a snake god called Kukulcán.
According to INAH, the recently discovered structure dates back to between 1,000 and 1,200 AD and is said to be associated with the Kukulcán cult.
The eerie place is spread over two levels and is very similar to other places in the area.
There was probably once a flat roof above it to protect and house the god.
At a press conference this week, INAH chief Diego Prieto Hernández said the find was of “great importance.”
The “Paxbolón Maldonado Papers,” a document created in 1575–1576 for the Chontal chief Paxbolón Maldonado, was one of the first works to mention possible connections to the snake cult.
It describes a settlement called Itzamkanac, which had several hidden temples dedicated to the four major deities of the postclassic Maya era, including Kukulcán.
This has led people to firmly believe that the El Tigre region is actually Itzamkanac, a theory supported by the new discovery based on the structure’s location and previous data.
The site of El Tigre continued to be used by humans until the early 16th centuryTh Century.
The area was once an important, bustling city and had a population of almost 10,000.
It served as a connecting point between the area and the rest of Mesoamerica, such as central Mexico, Oaxaca, and the Gulf Coast.
The site where the breakthrough excavation took place is on a hill overlooking the Candelaria River and it was discovered that there were once two main squares with four large structures, a ball court, 13 altars and three stelae or large stone slabs.
The structure was found during archaeological rescue work as part of the Maya Train Project.
A 1,000-mile railway is set to open next month, taking tourists through Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to view some historic finds.
Although the railway will allow thousands of ancient Maya artifacts and structures to finally be accessible to the public, it is considered one of the most controversial projects in Mexican history.
The aim is to take tourists away from the crowded stretches of beach and to lesser-known locations in the jungle, including historic Mayan sites.
This was done to boost money in the poorer areas of the country and to stimulate the overall economy, which has been slowly declining over time.
Critics have raised environmental concerns and also rumors that it has already led to the destruction of some rare places and things.
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