Some 28,942 people descended on Chichen Itza to watch Kukulcan descend the great pyramid, El Castillo. In case you missed it, here’s a video of the entire day in seven minutes:
If you watch the video and don’t see anything other than a series of triangular shadows against a staircase, well, that’s just about all there is. As the video demonstrates, the fun is watching the reaction by those who come out for the event.
INAH, the federal agency in charge of Mexican ruins, tweeted that more than 80,000 people visited 12 archaeological zones during the spring equinox.
(Reporting from Yucatan) — The Paul McCartney concert at Chichen Itza has been cancelled before it was even scheduled.
Yucatan Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco told the media yesterday that negotiations that would bring the former Beatle to Chichen Itza this spring may have hit an impasse because the proposed timing of the concert would put it in the period of “electoral silence,” a legal prohibition on rallies before the July 1 Yucatan state elections. Also, McCartney will be on tour in Asia during that period, the governor told La Reforma, a Yucatecan publication.
The governor had originally announced, via Twitter, that the state was negotiating with McCartney to play in late March/early April. Recently one Mexican publication reported a rumor that McCartney would play at Chichen Itza on May 19. According to other news reports, McCartney will play in Mexico City at Azteka Stadium on May 8.
The governor indicated that a date for a concert at Chichen Itza that works for the state and McCartney may still be found.
A artist’s reconstruction of a 13,000-year-old skeleton, via Vanguardia
A reconstructed skeleton believed to be 13,000 years old that was found in a sinkhole on the Yucatan Peninsula will be put on display at the new museum under construction near Chichen Itza.
Yucatan Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco announced yesterday that the skeleton known as “Mujer de las Palmas” (“Women of the Palms”) that was discovered in 2002 in an underwater cave near the town of Tulum on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula will become the centerpiece of the new Palacio de la Civilizacion Maya museum under construction near Chichen Itza.
According to physical anthropologists, the “Woman of the Palms” does not resemble the Maya, the indigenous people who populated Yucatan when the Spanish arrived more than 500 years ago. Nor does the reconstructed face from the skeleton appear to be a descendant of peoples from northeast Asia who are believed to have arrived in the Americas in ancient times over the Bering Strait land bridge. Instead the skeleton most closely resembles a woman Southeast Asia, such as Indonesia, which could indicate aboriginal peoples may have arrived by boats or other means.
Governor Ortega Pacheco, who was in Berlin to promote tourism to Yucatan, said two other skeletons found on the Yucatan Peninsula will also be on display in the new museum, one of a man from 7,000 years ago, and another of a child believed to have died 1,600 years ago.
The museum, currently under construction in Yaxcaba, a few kilometers southwest from the ancient city of Chichen Itza, is scheduled to open in September. Another museum related to the Maya is under construction in Merida and will open around the same time.