Date:

Archaeologists discover complete Maya canoe in southern Mexico cenotes

Underwater Archaeologists have discovered a Maya canoe during works for the Maya Train, a multi-billion-dollar project through five southern Mexican states.

Works were undertaken at a site called San Andrés near the ruined Maya city of Chechen Itza, which has been under the protection of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) since the site has been under threat from looters.

- Advertisement -

The team identified that the original water level of the cenotes was around a meter beneath the present surface, leading them to a cave opening that containing a carved hardwood tree trunk (a type of platform canoe).

The canoe has been dated to around AD 830-950 towards the end of the Maya civilisation’s golden age, and measures 1.6 metres in length. The team speculates that it was likely used for extracting water from the cenotes, or the depositing of offerings during sacred Maya rituals.

Helena Barba Meinecke, head of the Yucatan Peninsula Office of the Sub-Directorate of Underwater Archaeology said: “This is the first canoe of this type that is complete and so well preserved in the Mayan area, and there are also fragments of the oars.”

Further studies using dendrochronology will be applied to date the age of the canoe, in addition to studies of the sediment where it was found, using boreholes to define the stratigraphy of the environment.

- Advertisement -

INAH

Header Image Credit : INAH

- Advertisement -
spot_img
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan is multi-award-winning journalist and the Managing Editor at HeritageDaily. His background is in archaeology and computer science, having written over 8,000 articles across several online publications. Mark is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), the World Federation of Science Journalists, and in 2023 was the recipient of the British Citizen Award for Education, the BCA Medal of Honour, and the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.
spot_img

Mobile Application

spot_img

Related Articles

Underwater archaeologists find 112 glassware objects off Bulgaria’s coast

A team of underwater archaeologists from the Regional Historical Museum Burgas have recovered 112 glass objects from Chengene Skele Bay, near Burgas, Bulgaria.

Bronze Age axe found off Norway’s east coast

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Maritime Museum have discovered a Bronze Age axe off the coast of Arendal in the Skagerrak strait.

Traces of Bahrain’s lost Christian community found in Samahij

Archaeologists from the University of Exeter, in collaboration with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, have discovered the first physical evidence of a long-lost Christian community in Samahij, Bahrain.

Archaeologists uncover preserved wooden elements from Neolithic settlement

Archaeologists have discovered wooden architectural elements at the La Draga Neolithic settlement.

Pyramid of the Moon marked astronomical orientation axis of Teōtīhuacān

Teōtīhuacān, loosely translated as "birthplace of the gods," is an ancient Mesoamerican city situated in the Teotihuacan Valley, Mexico.

Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered in Malmesbury

Archaeologists have discovered an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in the grounds of the Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, England.

Musket balls from “Concord Fight” found in Massachusetts

Archaeologists have unearthed five musket balls fired during the opening battle of the Revolutionary War at Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, United States.

3500-year-old ritual table found in Azerbaijan

Archaeologists from the University of Catania have discovered a 3500-year-old ritual table with the ceramic tableware still in...