Thursday, November 17, 2011

Archaeologists Find Ancient Kitchen Of The Royal City Of Kabah Mayan

Recent studies have archaeological site of Kabah Yucatan led to the discovery of the real cuisine of this ancient Mayan city, cooking utensils, and found there may be as old as 1000 years.

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Researchers at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH, Mexico) has been excavating in the area for a year, looking for evidence to determine the activities that took place in what was the royal residence of Kabah. The area was an area where the elite of the ancient Mayan city lived.

The area occupied by the old kitchen is 40 feet long and 14 feet wide. At this point, the researchers found the remains of the brick architecture, traces of fireplaces, large quantities of pottery and stone, whose age is estimated at over a thousand years.

Experts say that (INAH in Spanish), the age of archaeological material found covering the years 750-950 AD, the time when pre-Hispanic city reached its highest development.

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The location of the objects found shows that in the royal kitchen, there was room for different functions in two rooms, they found the remains of clay vessels up to 70 cm in diameter in the surrounding areas, they found kitchen tools and other sectors remaining stone fireplaces.

The tour is offered to show the archaeologists find, the retail researchers have found more than 30 000 pieces of pottery and stone objects 70 and butcher animals and vegetable consumption in the process. They are in metates (stones Mealing), metate hands, hammers, knives, blades and scrapers, and traces of walls and other degraded materials.

Toscano explained that the archaeological investigation of the royal kitchen of Kabah was supported by biochemical studies by experts in the Department of Anthropology at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. They were able to confirm the existence of two regions of households for cooking with evidence of organic matter, which is probably the remains of animals, but have not been able to identify the species because they are a very small part of bone.

Toscano said that a major problem for researchers to know because they have found more bones of animals. Because in this place, large quantities of food had been cooked, bone increases the waste can be expected.

It is proposed as an explanation the possibility that kitchen waste was not released on or near the site:

"It was an area where food waste was not maintained. Chances are that there is a landfill nearby. "

This assumption has led the team of archaeologists to extend the archaeology excavations in search of landfills.

The ancient Mayan city of Kabah is located 22 km from the archaeological Uxmal, Puuc-mountain. The plot is located 140 km south of Merida, Yucatan state capital. Uxmal and Kabah are in addition to tourist attractions. The ruins are scattered over a large area on both sides of Highway 261 Several structures are rarely used because they are in remote locations, or even out of the jungle.

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