Yucatan Archaeological Catalog Maya Site No 15 Is No More

A Mayan site in the state of Yucatan has been destroyed by a local landowner, Ricardo Ascencio Maldonado, in order to make a pasture for his horses.  Yucatanahora/.com has published an article describing the events.

Read more in Yucatanahora…

There is some confusion about the sequence of events. In October 2008 the Associacíon Exatec Yucatán held a meeting to protest the planned destruction, although the destruction apparently happened recently:

Toma de Protesta de la Asociación EXATEC Yucatán
Organiza: Dirección de Relaciones con Egresados
Campus Monterrey
Fecha del evento: 01-OCT-08

La Asociación EXATEC Yucatán y la Dirección de Relaciones con Egresados del Tecnológico de Monterrey, te invitan a asitir al evento de Toma de Protesta de la Mesa Directiva de EXATEC Yucatán 2008-2010. 

Este importante evento se llevará a cabo el miércoles primero de octubre a las 19:00 horas en el
Club Campestre de Mérida, Yucatán.

Las autoridades del Tecnológico que estrán presentes en el evento son el Dr. Jaime Bonilla Ríos, Director de Relaciones con Egresados y el Ing. Luis Zúñiga Fregoso, Director de Egresados de la Rectoría Zona Sur.

Asiste y conoce las actividades y eventos de desarrollo profesional, personal y de apoyo a la comunidad que la Asociación EXATEC Yucatán estará ofreciendo a la comunidad de egresados en la región.

Lugar del evento: Club Campestre
Hora: 7:00 PM
Correo responsable: exatecyucatan-@hotmail.com
Telefono: 999 921 5001
Para poder registrarse en los eventos debes ingresar con tu usuario y contraseña.

Aztecanoticias reported that INAH blamed on the alumni of Associacíon EXATEC Yucatan who posted a protest meeting in 2008 (above).  The destroyed site is listed in the Yucatan Archaeological Catalog as number 15.

Latino Fox News reported essentially the same information but in English.

Latino Fox News


About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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3 Responses to Yucatan Archaeological Catalog Maya Site No 15 Is No More

  1. carlos says:

    Hi Elaine,
    I wish that this were so. Not all of the archaeological sites in Central America have been found. Jungle cover conceals much and in some parts unexplored. Progress is being made by identifying sites from satellites by photo filtering to allow disturbed earth and other features to be seen. Although INAH (http://www.inah.gob.mx/ ) does their best they cannot be everywhere and looting is always a problem. Drug smuggling vies with illegal logging to complicate the picture. Central America is truly a marvelous place. The amount of research to be done stretches forward into the future without end.

  2. kbruns@sfsu.edu says:

    Carlos’s message struck a chord. Paul Amaroli and I were faced with something similar at Cihuatán, El Salvador this past March. Government functionaries, all of whom knew perfectly well that the land was officialy protected, bulldozed part of Cihuatán to put in a subdivision. The gory details and photographs can be found on http://www.cihuatan.org under Project News. This sort of thing is entirely too common and there are few sanctions that can be enacted, since political interests are, well, political interests. That was MArch; the last houses have yet to be vacated and the amount of damage is tremendous. Much the same happened with the very important El Cambio site which is very cloe to Cerén, which has, essentially, been bulldozed for a subdivision. It is all very depressing.

    Karen Olsen Bruhns
    Fundación Nacional de Arqueología de El Salvador(FUNDAR)

    • carlos says:

      Hi Karen, I read your post in Aztlan regarding destruction of sites in El Salvador and copied the post to machimon.wordpress.com . Perhaps a little publicity will help marginally. The continual theft of national patrimony (wood, minerals, culture) by the small and self-interested will undoubtedly continue. carlos

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