Monday, March 22, 2010

Kantunil Kin Maya ruins (bye bye to Yucatan... for now!)

Well as you may or may not know I will be spending the next few months in southern Ontario working with a buddy of mine... however before leaving the Yucatan I decided to make my way over to the ruins of Kantunil Kin. This site seems to have never seen any restoration despite the fact that it is located very close to the Merida-Cancun (toll free) highway. There are no signs to mark the location of the site but if you are interested in visiting just go about 50km past Merida on the highway and when you see the pyramids on the distance turn in to the milpa. There are no roads so you better have a Jeep or somekind of sturdy vehicle. To be honest I am not even sure about the name of the ancient city... however Kantunil Kin (kin=sun) sounds about right since it is located just to the south of the town of kantunil. I have not found any useful info on the site, but because of the location and architecture I feel fairly confident in my claim that it was at one time a dominion of Izamal sometime in the late classic (Please feel free to correct me on this!). Anyway there are several structures, with about 7 of them being of substantial dimensions and 3 fairly large pyramids... including a double pyramid similar (although smaller) than the one found in Becan.

That is all for now, hope you keep following the blog (although there will not be much in the way of archaeology for the next few months!)

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