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Ruins of ancient Mayan city discovered at construction site

The ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol, pictured after archaeologists found them at a construction site in Mexico. (Source: Reuters/Lorenzo Hernandez)

The ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol, pictured after archaeologists found them at a construction site in Mexico. (Source: Reuters/Lorenzo Hernandez)

Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at a construction site in Mexico.

The site eventually becomes an industrial park near Merida on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

But for now, it’s a unique glimpse into an ancient culture.

Named Xiol, the site has features of the Maya-Puuc style of architecture, common in the southern Yucatan Peninsula but rare near Merida, archaeologists say.

“We think more than 4,000 people lived here,” said Carlos Peraza, one of the archaeologists who led the excavation in the city, which is estimated to have been inhabited between AD 600 and 900

“There were people from different social classes…priests, scribes who lived in these big palaces, and there were also the common people who lived in small buildings,” Peraza said.

The ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol are pictured after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at a construction site of an industrial park in Kanasin, near Merida, Mexico, May 26, 2022. Picture taken May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lorenzo Hernandez

Experts estimate that 4,000 people once lived in the city. (Image credit: Reuters)

Ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol are pictured after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at a construction site of an industrial park in Kanasin, near Merida, Mexico May 26, 2022, Picture taken May 26 May 2022. REUTERS/Lorenzo Hernandez

People from the most diverse social classes used to live here. (Image credit: Reuters)

Researchers also located nearby burial sites of adults and children buried with obsidian and flint tools, offerings, and other items.

A pot is on display after it was discovered in the ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at an industrial park construction site in Kanasin, near Merida. Mexico, May 26, 2022. Picture taken May 26, 2022. (Credits: Reuters/Lorenzo Hernandez)

A pot is on display after being discovered in the ruins of the Mayan site of Xiol. (Source: Reuters/Lorenzo Hernandez)

The ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol are pictured after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at a construction site of an industrial park in Kanasin, near Merida, Mexico, May 26, 2022. Picture taken May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lorenzo Hernandez

This site will eventually become an industrial area (Credits: Reuters)

Remains of marine life have also been discovered in the area, suggesting that the town’s residents supplemented their agricultural diet by fishing off the nearby coast.

Vases, pots and tools are on display after being discovered in the ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and plazas at a construction site that is set to become an industrial park in Kanasin. near Merida, Mexico May 26, 2022. Picture taken May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Lorenzo Hernandez

Vases, pots and tools are on display after being discovered in the ruins (Credits: Reuters)

Xiol was discovered after construction of an industrial park began. This is still under construction, although the archaeological remains remain, according to the property owners.

Men work near the ruins of a Mayan site called Xiol after archaeologists uncovered an ancient Mayan city full of palaces, pyramids and squares at a construction site of an industrial park in Kanasin, near Merida, Mexico, April 26, Picture taken March 26 May 2022. REUTERS/Lorenzo Hernandez

Men work near the ruins of Xiol after archaeologists uncovered the ancient Mayan city. (Image credit: Reuters)

“Over time, urban sprawl (in the area) has increased and many of the archaeological remains have been destroyed…but even we as archaeologists are surprised because we didn’t expect to find such a well-preserved site,” Peraza said.

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