Ancient Maya cave art found in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula
Both caves found in the jungles of Homún, Yucatán, 100 meters apart, “show hand prints and the shape of a forearm, which has never been seen before in the Yucatán peninsula,” claimed Grosjean - Photo: Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi/EFE

Ancient Maya cave art found in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula

13/04/2019
13:57
EFE
Mexico City
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Cave paintings and a petroglyph were discovered in the jungle of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula

Under the thick jungle canopy of the state of Yucatán, in southeast Mexico, Sergio Grosjean and his team of archeologists have discovered two caves that hold treasures of peculiar beauty: Cave paintings and a petroglyph representing an ahau: a Maya dignitary, leader, or king.

“We believe that one of the images found in the cave represents a way to measure time, though experts from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and independent researchers have different hypotheses,” said the archeologist and writer in an interview with EFE.

Both caves found in the jungles of Homún, Yucatán, 100 meters apart, “show hand prints and the shape of a forearm, which has never been seen before in the Yucatán peninsula,” claimed Grosjean.

One of the caves possesses a beautiful groundwater pit (cenote) and the ahau petroglyph was not made randomly; “it was made in the cave’s outline on a calcite formation,” he showed.

The investigator and documentary adviser of National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and the BBC, who last year found another cave painting that is still undergoing an exhaustive analysis, commented that the new discoveries, as well as the caves found in Kaua and Akil “confirm the high degree of respect and knowledge the ancient Mayas had of art.”

“This knowledge” he added, “is reflected in their architecture, math, astrology, astronomy, and the construction of giant palaces such as the Pyramid of the Magician in Uxmal, the Ek Balam archeological site, or the Castle of Chichén Itzá.”

So far, the meaning and beauty of Yucatán’s cave art is an enigma that has surprised experts from all over the world, who agree that the caves found in Yucatán’s caves ring possess spectacular beauty that local authorities could use to promote tourism in the region.
 

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Mayan cave paintings discovered in Yucatán

The cave was found in the western part of the state of Yucatán, near a small blue water cenote
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