May 22, 2022

INAH Uncovers the Remains of a Huge Number of Animals Consumed at a Feat at the Maya site of Palenque in Chiapas

INAH has uncovered hundreds of animal remains, seeds, over a kilo of coal, shell beads, and green stone at a palace at the site of Palenque in Chiapas. They used water floatation and a fine sieve. Most of the remains are of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and a small amount of birds, reptiles, mammals. Land snail, apple snail, freshwater crab, mojarras, tenguayaca, white bass, quail, white turtle, nine-banded armadillo, domestic dog, cervid and white-tailed deer have been identified.

These remains are part of a banquet and the remains deposited in cavities that were burned and covered. This banquet would have taken place between 200-900 CE. The finds help us to understand the Maya diet at the time.

Infobae has the report here with photos: