Photo: Mexico: Archaeologists Discover 27 Human Burials from Pre-Hispanic Era
The finding of 47 human burials from the XVI century, in the recently opened Archaeological Zone of San Miguelito in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, has revealed the last moments of the pre-hispanic era of this ancient Mayan settlement on the country’s east coast, which was was plagued by hunger and crisis, derivative of the Spanish campaigns of conquest and colonization of the XVI century.
These remains were discovered inside 11 housing buildings which were excavated by archaeologists with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH – Conaculta). Thirty of those found were infants between the ages of three and six who died as a result of malnutrition and acute anemia.
Archaeologist Sandra Elizalde, who is responsible for the investigation of this site (located in the resort town of Cancun), reported that “the study indicates there was a high infant mortality index, derived of the bad health conditions and malnutrition of a very impoverished population of the XVI century.” Those buried were discovered in different locations of this Mayan site of the Post-classic Era (1200 – 1550), as a result of the ongoing archaeological explorations that have been going on since 2010.