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Advancements made on recently discovered Tulum cave

Tulum, Q.R. — Advancements have been made on a recently discovered cave in Tulum. The discovery of the cave was made public in December by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Since that time, archaeologists have discovered 11 burials with offerings of fish, turtles, snails, shells and other marine animals. Archaeologists continue to investigate the mystery of the cave found within two walled cities.

“The important thing about the discovery is the location. It is located within a walled city between the Halach Huinic and the Columns Palaces,” explained archaeologist José Antonio Reyes Solís, Coordinator of the Program for the Improvement of Archaeological Zones (Promeza).

Archaeologist have continued with the excavation of the cave, finding additional bones of the burials belong to elite figures, with rooms and a ceramic molcajete (Mexican mortar) from the Late Post-Classic period (1,200 to 1,500 AD).

The archaeologist and his research team continue to analyze the material. The items found inside were transferred to the INAH Quintana Roo Center laboratories located in Chetumal.

The discovery of the cave was announced in December of 2023 within the archaeological zone of Tulum. The finding was made by a research team made up of Mexican archaeologists and conservation experts.