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Tombs Discovered at Maya Site of Xtojil

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MEXICO CITY—Ten 1,200-year-old burials have been discovered at the Maya site of Xtojil, some 12 miles from Chichen Itza, by archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of History and Anthropology. The tombs, or cistas, are rectangular in shape and covered with stone slabs. They contained poorly preserved skeletal remains and ceramics such as plates, bowls, pots, pans, and cups. Obsidian razors, jade beads, and shell earrings acquired through trade with other Mesoamerican people were also found. Road construction prompted the excavation.