Mayan Palace In Yucatan Jungle Has Human Remains Inside

Mayan palace in the middle of the jungle in Mexico.

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Mayan palace in the middle of the jungle in Mexico.

Over 1,000 years old, deep in the north-eastern part of the Yucatan Jungle, this limestone palace is the oldest standing Mayan building. One hundred miles (about 160 km) west from Cancun.


The ruins of a Mayan Palace in the ancient Mayan city Kuluba were uncovered and explored by archaeologist Alfredo Barrera Rubio and his team. The Mayans conquered territories in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and northern Belize. They had many palaces and temples across the empire, and after the decline, many of them were abandoned. The Mayans started as small villages, but then the buildings turned into cities containing temples, houses, plazas, courts, palaces, and many more buildings.


The palace stretches 180 feet (50 meters) long and reaches 20 feet (6 meters) high. Experts think that the palace was used by priests and government officials during 600- 1050 A.D. During the exploration, they came across a burial site in the palace. Hundreds of people that were buried decomposed to thousands of bones scattered all over the ground. Now, researchers want to find out the gender, age, and dietary habits of people if they even lived there. Rubio and his team are not the first ones to discover the palace. In 1939, American archaeologist Wyllys Andrews IV explored the palace and the surrounding jungle thoroughly. Other reports on the city and the ruins were released in 1941.


Rubio also pointed out that the buildings Chichen Itza and Ek Balam had a powerful influence on smaller Mayan buildings such as the palace. The building contains six rooms, an altar, a large oven, and two residential buildings that are being investigated. The whole palace is poorly preserved, so restoring the building to its natural beauty will take a long time.


Rubio said to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, “We know very little about the architectural characteristics of this region, the north-east of Yucatán. So one of our main objectives, as well as the protection and restoration of cultural heritage, is the study of the architecture of Kulubá. This is just the start of the work. We are only just uncovering one of the largest structures on the site.”

The Mayan palace was left abandoned for over 1,000 years only to be discovered that it contained hundreds of human remains to be studied. The ruins won’t be available to the public to visit until the remains are removed, and the building is fully restored.