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Significant funding being injected into state for archaeological infrastructure upgrades

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — At least a billion peso will be injected into the state’s archaeological zones this year. The money will be used to improve the sites for tourism purposes. One of those benefiting from the funding will be the archaeological zone of Ichkabal in the municipality of Bacalar.

Margarito Molina Rendón, delegate of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Quintana Roo, said that the site, which remains closed, is included in the funding being distributed.

He says that after federal negotiations, they are hoping to finally open the site to the public. He says Ichkabal continues to be one of the main challenges facing the INAH. Once open, the site will help attract more tourists to the southern region of the state, making it the fifth public archaeological zone open in the area.

Rendón says that work is expected to start in January. He says other sites on the list to benefit from the funding include Oxtankah, Chacchoben, Kohunlich and Dzibanché-Kinichná, which are all located in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the south.

In what is considered the northern region, the archaeological sites of El Meco, Tulum, Cobá, Muyil and Paamul 2 will receive infrastructure improvements with the federal financial injection this year.

In October, Governor Mara Lezama announced approximately one billion peso was set for investment in the state’s archaeological zones.