Archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) unearthed a large ancient Maya palace in the archaic city of Kulubá, according to The Guardian.
The ruins, located in modern-day northern Yucatan, check in at 19.6 feet tall and 49 feet wide. Experts believe the building itself dates back to 1,000 years ago and was occupied during AD 600 and AD 1050. The structure consists of pillars, stairways, a basement and more. The palace was likely occupied by Maya elite.
Kuluba’s archaeological zone is divided into three groups that are accessible to the public, with the option for guided tours throughout the week. The site offers pre-Hispanic structures with unique construction techniques and a rich history we may never know fully.
“The work is just beginning,” archaeologist Alfredo Barrera said in a video shared by INAH. “We have barely begun uncovering one of the most voluminous structures of the site.”
According to DW, four other structures in Group C are being explored. The site is bordered by a jungle that is being reforested to prevent damage at the site and will soon be open to visitors as well.
Their hope is that the digging and passion for discovery in the zone will continue and attract visitors.