Archaeologists explore the ´Door to Heaven´ in the Sian Ka´an Biosphere

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The new exploration that began this year by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of one of the Natural Protected Areas known as the Sian Ka´an Biosphere, represents only 15% of more than the 652, 192 hectares.

The Door to Heaven, as it is known, is part of an archeological zone named Muyil that is considered in two zones: A and B, different cities divided by 5 kilometers. Zone B is a virgin site that hasn´t been explored by anyone and INAH will allocate recourses so that this year they may start to explore the zones like the entrance to Muyil.

Cesar Rosas Hurtado, guide of the Sian Ka´an biosphere, commented that they have only excavated the post classic remains, some 900 years ago, but the classic era close to 200 years before Christ continues to be unknown. There are three temples which unfortunately have been explored more by foreign institutions than by national ones.

Sian Ka´an is distinguished by its projects orientated to the conservation of the biodiversity and sustainable development that covers three municipals of Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto and Bacalar. It includes more than 120 kilometers of reef which forms part of the Conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef System that includes Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. /p>

In agreement with the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) in Sian Ka´an conservation strategies have been implemented such as surveillance, biological monitoring, attention to environmental contingencies, regulation of soil use and sustainable usage of natural resources linked to the Conservation Project of the Biodiversity of Selected Protected Natural Areas of Mexico.

With more area exploited, the main benefit is for the local communities since it gives them the opportunity to receive more tourists with more zones to show and opportunities for work. Quintana Roo has at least 12 archaeological sites that in only the first three months of 2014 received 740, 500 visitors, informed the Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo.

Sources:

“Exploran arqueólogos la Puerta del Cielo”, www.sipse.com, 2014-06-09