Artifacts Unearthed

March 22, 2019
ANCIENT ITEMS Guillermo de Anda views artifacts found in Mexico.
KARLA ORTEGA—NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY, MEXICO/AP

Archaeologists have discovered a trove of about 200 Mayan artifacts in a Mexican cave system. The findings were announced on March 4.

The trove includes vases and decorated plates. Experts say the artifacts will help us better understand the Maya. More than 1,000 years ago, the Maya built a thriving civilization in Central America and southern Mexico.

The cave system was found by farmers in 1966. An archaeologist visited the site but did not fully explore it. The entrance was sealed instead.

In 2018, archaeologist Guillermo de Anda unsealed the caves. He crawled through cramped tunnels. After a few hours, he reached the artifacts. “I started to cry,” he told National Geographic. “You almost feel the presence of the Maya who deposited these things in there.”