NEW MAYA CULTURE MUSEUM OPENS IN RIVIERA MAYA

The Mayan culture once again has a place this Thursday in the Mexican Caribbean. Six years after the Cancun Maya Museum , built in 1982, had to close its doors by the ravages of intense hurricanes in Quintana Roo, a new office has been opened in a big way, waiting to receive one million visitors annually, according to the president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon.

Riviera Maya MuseumThe site, built on land of 85,000 meters inside the archaeological site of San Miguelito, has a collection of about 3,500 pieces ranging from the Preclassic period until after the Spanish Conquest. The room contains Quintana Roo eastern parts of the Yucatan Peninsula, which, by their remoteness and natural features, was isolated from Spanish rule, as explained by the delegate of EFE National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Quintana Roo, Adriana Velazquez. The room showcases pieces Maya Maya area, covering southeast Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and part of Honduras.

The permanent exhibition will feature 400 pieces: a “bleeder punch” the conqueror of the Mayan city of Tikal in the sixth century, vases, plates and even the skeleton of a woman with 10,000 years old, taken from the cenote of Las Palmas in 2002, which is one of the oldest evidence of human presence in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The new Museum Maya Cancun, which cost about 18 million dollars has been built taking into account the frequent hurricanes in the area. It has an emergency shelter area and three rooms are eight feet above ground level to prevent flooding, and work together is the “most important” aspect said INAH.

The first temporary exhibition is the exhibition Faces of divinity, which brings grave goods found in the Mayan sites that show “what were the visions of death and the passage to the underworld” of that culture, Velazquez told EFE.

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