The number of archaeological remains on the Mayan Train route is increasing, because so far, 8,333 archaeological pieces have been found in four of the seven sections of the megaproject of the current government, during the more than 80 operations carried out by experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
The Mayan Train route and its findings
The Mayan Train route covers a distance of approximately 1,500 kilometers, which crosses five states of the national territory: Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.
In Section I Selva, which goes from Palenque, Chiapas, to Escárcega, Campeche, 2,327 “archaeological remains” have been found, according to the latest report from the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur).
In Section II Gulf, which goes from Escárcega to Calkiní, north of Campeche, and on the border with Yucatán, 2,700 pieces have been found.
In Section III Gulf, which has a distance of 172 kilometers, between Calkiní and Izamal, in Yucatán, 2,984 remains have been located.
In its report, the Fonatur details that in Section IV Gulf a lower number of archaeological monuments have been found, because so far, in the 257-kilometer route that goes from Izamal to Cancun, in Quintana Roo, only 15,000 have been counted.
“With this, we managed to register a total of 8,333 archaeological monuments, furniture, and real estate that will form part of the country’s historical, scientific and cultural heritage. Additionally, we generate protection protocols that, in case of incidents, will allow us to stop the work and channel the INAH to pay attention to the monuments found, “said Fonatur.
The vestiges in Yucatán and Campeche
Last October, it was announced that only in Yucatán and Campeche more than 630 archaeological remains had been discovered and that 162 monuments and pieces related to structure and basements had been recorded in the fourth section.
To carry out the excavation work, the supervision of the National Archeology Council is required:
“The work involves a team of more than 80 INAH archaeological operatives who collaborate with Fonatur. With this cooperation, we seek to rescue and study each of the monuments that are in the train’s passage.”
INAH experts carry out salvage work, that is, when the pieces are located, they are subjected to analysis processes to be able to identify the date on which they were made, as well as the types of materials that make up each one.
Then they are transferred to the warehouses of each of the INAH centers in the states.