r/history Nov 22 '22

Archaeologists uncover evidence of Maya town at Oxkutzcab Municipality Article

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u/IslandChillin Nov 22 '22

"Oxkutzcab was a pre-Columbian Maya town, which became a regional capital ruled by the Tutul Xiu family after the fall of Mayapán in the AD 1440s.

Although the Xiu collaborated with the Spanish, the town and its temples were demolished, making way for a Spanish colonial town in AD 1550 following the Spanish conquest of the Yucatán.

At its centre, the Spanish constructed the Parroquia de San Francisco de Asis, a large Franciscan church on where one of the earlier Maya temples may have stood."

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u/TacoCommand Nov 23 '22

Thanks for summarizing

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u/teratogenic17 Nov 28 '22

During a highway trip through parts of Nayarít and Jalisco, a local commented that the little town we were passing through had extensive ruins, but that the locals kept it quiet to avoid official botheration. They said there are several such locales where the position of the current town marks an ancient municipality, for good reasons of water access, insolation, et cetera.