During the archeological rescue work on the exciting new upcoming Maya Train route, there have been some incredible finds, and it’s been announced that these pieces will be displayed for everyone to see at museums across the Yucatán.
These are exciting times for archaeological and history lovers, as one of the museums will get a completely new makeover, and the other will be a completely brand-new building!
The construction of the Puuc Archaeological Museum has officially started.
When Will It Open And What Will It Feature?
The museum, which is set to be a bit of a cultural hotspot, is said to occupy a whopping 4,800 square meters in the Kabah archeological zone, which is located just south of Mérida.
Over 360 artifacts that have been recovered from Section 3 of the Maya Train route will be featured in the museum, and they will collectively be on display for the first time ever!
It will also provide a great space for presentations and other cultural activities too.
Apparently, around 85% to 90% of the artifacts that have been found along Section 3 of the Maya Train route are already classified – which were found in Calkiní, Campeche, all the way to Izamal and Yucatán.
According to Arturo Chab Cárdenas, who’s head of the Yucatán delegation of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), “We’re making a museum in an area that hasn’t seen much investment in cultural, academic, and scientific subjects over the years.”
This is really exciting for citizens as the new construction will settle a historic debt by bringing tourism and culture to the area. It comes with the news that it will also open in December this year!
There Will Be Not One, But Two Museums To Host These Artifacts
At President López Obrador’s press conference last week, Diego Prieto Hernández, who’s the general director of INAH, also made the announcement that plans are in motion to restore another museum in the Dzibilchaltún archeological zone, just north of Mérida.
If you are thinking of heading there, it’s said they will be using museography, which is a brand new way to showcase the research of one of the biggest sets of ruins from before our time until the Spanish conquest.
Diego also added that they’re currently undergoing works on the Temple of the Seven Dolls, which is a Mayan complex from around 750 AD, in Dzibilchaltún; very exciting!
You Visit Both These Museums On The Maya Train Route
The Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones (Promeza) is supporting this and making sure the infrastructure of all these archeological sites is of the best quality so that tourists will be able to enjoy them once the Maya Train is up and running.
Prieto Hernández also mentioned that they have made around 30 engineering adjustments to the Maya Train in order to protect the archeological sites which are along the route.
For example, in Tenosique, Tabasco, they have actually verticalized a slope cut for one of the bridges, which happens to be near an ancient Mayan settlement.
Not to mention their efforts to protect the cenotes and caves along the route as well – including the cable bridge through a cave system which they’ve created near the Paamul II site to give tourists access to it.
It is known, however, not everyone is on board with the Maya Train, particularly environmentalists, as they are worried about how the infrastructure and increased tourism will impact the area’s ecosystems and communities.
The government is certainly working continuously towards being as eco-conscious as possible while still aiming to reap the rewards of a boost in tourism for the country.
The Riviera Maya is known to be home to many ancient Mayan ruins, and these brand-new museums will offer visitors a rare opportunity to learn about the civilization’s history and culture.
Providing valuable insight into the life, beliefs, and practices of the Mayan people.
So if you’re planning a trip on the Maya Train from December onwards, then why not stop off and check out these awesome museums and get to see the incredible artifacts in real life and learn all about the Mayan culture?
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