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Discovered a cave with Mayan cave paintings in Yucatan

Archaeologists highlight the richness of the images found in a rock about 15 meters long and five high

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Discovered a cave with Mayan cave paintings in Yucatan

In middle of jungle, about 12 meters deep, archaeologist Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi and his team have found a cave with cave paintings that could be most important in Yucatan, in souastern Mexico, for richness of images. The paintings are printed on a rock about 15 meters long and five high in this cave found in eastern part of state of Yucatán, which also houses a small cenote (sinking of land in an aquifer) of blue water.

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"It is not only cave with rock paintings in Yucatan, but it is most important to have many elements: birds, mammals, a cross, geometric figures, human forms and among m that of a warrior, as well as negative and positive hands," said EFE agency Researcher and advisor of documentaries of National Geographic, Discovery Channel and BBC.

In or communities in region, such as Homún, Kaua and Akil, anor petroglyphs, sometimes difficult to decipher, has been discovered, "but y show high degree of evolution of Mayan culture and in this new finding is not exception," said director of Mexican Institute of Ecology, Science and Culture, civil association founded to carry out environmental and cultural research.

The paintings in new site "have colors derived from a wide range of pigments and materials derived from Mor Earth as K'ankab (red or Yellow earth)," said Grosjean.

The researcher and Diver said that his team is motivated because new discovery will allow us to know more about Mayan customs, "Although we do not know its meaning or at what time se cave paintings belong, but y are most important We've seen. "

Grosjean said that y have contacted researchers from National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) as Luis Alberto Martos and or specialists with whom y will meet in next few days on site to identify elements.

A boost to local economy

"Now we can't reveal exact location, because unfortunately in Yucatan looters and vandals take us a step forward," he lamented. The investigator said that to study meaning of paintings his team will take pictures and photographs and n, "if authorities allow it", will carry out a sustainable project so that visitors have access to place and with that "generate sources of employment For inhabitants of place. "

In fact, locals already want to open place for public to enjoy paintings. "They are proud of ways that appear to show extinct animals and daily practices of Warriors, as well as rituals of ir Mayan ancestors," said Grosjean.

The archaeologist, author of Secret Book of cenotes of Yucatan, considers that this art of ancient Mayas "cannot be hidden for a few; It must be exposed with all safety standards that a place with so much cultural value should have. "

"Yucatan is rich culturally speaking, but unfortunately re is no interest in three levels of government (federal, state and municipal). They do not value or respect Mayan sacred sites, as some have turned m into spas, "explains diver, who was part of logistical team of Xibalba, tape filmed in Cenotes of Yucatan Peninsula that shows Mayan underworld.

Grosjean, who for more than 20 years has been dedicated to environmental care, said that in Yucatan re are more than 3,000 cenotes that have in ir interior Mayan treasures and Bones, and "many have been looted". "The work of an expedition is costly and difficult, but fortunately we have support of some foundations that provide resources to clean cenotes," he says, but regrets that authorities do not value his work. "It's hard because you can get snake bites in caves, or have an accident on road or down in rappel," he says.

It also deplores interest of foreign entities such as National Geographic in promoting se kinds of findings. "Sometimes re is no interest in media; They don't realize that se places are world heritage sites, "he adds.

Sergio Grosjean says he believes "Yucatan has potential to become global mecca of underground world and with that generate thousands of jobs and at same time prevent water from continuing to pollute." "I hope that new authorities (emanating from July 1 elections) will have that same vision and take advantage of potential and cultural richness of Yucatan, which is disappearing by leaps and bounds because of vandals and looters," he warns.

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