Tu­lum Mu­seum

Plans for a new cen­ter for Maya cul­ture and pre­his­toric and pre-Colom­bian ar­ti­facts are sched­uled for the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - News In Brief - BY JOE MAL­DON­ADO

The city govern­ment of Tu­lum and the Na­tional In­sti­tute of An­thro­pol­ogy and His­tory (INAH) are plan­ning to build a mu­seum in Tu­lum.

Ac­cord­ing to Jorge Por­tilla Man­ica, di­rec­tor of tourism, this will be lo­cated at the en­trance to the arche­o­log­i­cal zone, but other op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered.

Cur­rently, the city has the Pre­his­toric Mu­seum of the Amer­i­cas lo­cated at the Dos Ojos cenote. The plan for the mu­seum will in­clude de­tails on the Maya cul­ture, in ad­di­tion to pre­his­toric ex­hibits, ac­cord­ing to Por­tilla Man­ica.

“The con­cept of the mu­seum was done jointly with INAH, as well as, Tu­lum’s lo­cal pop­u­la­tion and ar­ti­san com­mu­nity. We are con­sid­er­ing that the mu­seum’s lo­ca­tion could be near the ac­cess to the arche­o­log­i­cal zone,” shared Por­tillo Man­ica.

At the cur­rent time, they are in the stage of de­vel­op­ing the project and then later will look for the re­sources to make the project a re­al­ity.

The INAH will be in charge of the mu­seum, given their ex­pe­ri­ence with their last project, the Can­cun Arche­ol­ogy Mu­seum in­au­gu­rated in Novem­ber 2012.

Tu­lum has caught the at­ten­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tors in re­cent years, as well as that of prom­i­nent or­ga­ni­za­tions like Na­tional Geo­graphic. The in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion has cre­ated dif­fer­ent doc­u­ments about the value of cenotes and un­der­ground rivers, and find­ings such as the re­mains of the 10,000 years old “Woman of Na­haron”, and the Hoyo Ne­gro cenote, where they found re­mains of a woman more than 12,000 years old.

The cre­ation of the mu­seum will house pre­his­toric and pre-Columbian find­ings, to pre­vent them be­ing taken, as was the case with the Chan Hol cenote, whose re­mains were more than 10,000 years old and have gone missing.

Tu­lum has caught the at­ten­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tors in re­cent years, as well as that of im­por­tant or­ga­ni­za­tions like Na­tional Geo­graphic. The in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion has cre­ated dif­fer­ent doc­u­ments about the value of cenotes and un­der­ground rivers, and find­ings such as the re­mains of the 10,000 years old “Woman of Na­haron”, and the Hoyo Ne­gro cenote, where the re­mains of a woman more than 12,000 years old were found.

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