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Archaeologists discover first representation of Mayan god K’awiil in Mexico

Bacalar, Q.R. — A representation of the Mayan god K’awiil, associated with lightning, strength and power among other attributes, was discovered by researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Diego Prieto Hernández, the General Director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), says it’s the first of its kind found in Mexican territory.

According to the anthropologist, to date, only three representations of this type of K’awiil are known. The others were found in the archaeological site of Tikal, in Guatemala since the Mayan region also included them along with Mexico, Belize and El Salvador.

He reported that this figure was found during an archaeological salvage dig carried out in Section 7, which runs from Bacalar, Quintana Roo, to Escárcega, Campeche.

“This finding is very important because there are few bulk representations of the god K’awill. Up to now, we only know of three in Tikal, Guatemala, and this is one of the first to appear in Mexican territory,” he explained.

During the Thursday morning Presidential press conference, Hernández announced that this year, an international research symposium on the Mayan civilization will be held in which the remains found before Maya Train construction along the peninsula, will be shown.