Seven New Maya Archaeological Sites Registered in Yucatan by INAH Specialists

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MEXICO CITY.- Specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) identified seven new Prehispanic Maya sites and a high concentration of human burials in the town of Sitpach, located east of Merida, Yucatan. The finding took place as result of the Merida Region Archaeological Project (Parme, by its acronym in Spanish), developed by Centro INAH Yucatan, which consists in carrying out archaeological rescue on construction sites located in urban areas and suburbs of Merida, 4 to 6 kilometers outside the city. The new sites registered by INAH in Sitpach are Oxmul, Polok Ceh, Cuzam, Chan Much, Nichak, Tzak and Chankiuik. They are located in an area covering approximately 1,000 hectares. In Oxmul, a large concentration of Prehispanic human burials was found: 75 individuals were buried with polychrome vessels found for the first time in the Maya region. It has been estimated that the remains date from the Te