Two new discoveries of Mayan ruins in Calakmul


A group of archaeologists, headed by the Slovenian Ivan Šprajc, discovered The Lagunita (little lagoon) a Mayan city lost for decades and an urban center never before reported, in the northern sector of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in Campeche.

According to the promoters of Šprajc from the Center of Scientific Investigations of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts the most striking feature of the Lagunita is a zoomorphic entrance (animal shaped) that represents the open jaws of the earth monster associated in Mayan religion with the underworld, water and fertility.

In addition to the monumental buildings placed around the various centers, including a ball game and a pyramidal temple of nearly 20 meters high, 10 steles and 3 altars were also found.

The urban center, referred to as Tamchén (deep well) stands out for having a large concentration of chultuns or storage chambers in the civic and ceremonial center, some of unusual depths as well as several plazas with large buildings. The pyramidal temple with a stele and an altar at the base conserves a large part of the sanctuary of this site.

Experts say that the importance of these sites at a regional level is indicated by the architectural characteristics and the sculpted monuments as well as the large amount of housing remains surrounding them.

Together with Chactún, the Lagunita and Tamchén hold several unusual elements representing a challenge for the future investigators in the archaeologically unknown area of eastern Campeche.


“Arqueólogos descubren ciudad y centro urbano maya”,, 2014-08-16