Archaeology Monday: (pt.8): Kinichna

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Most visitors that venture deep in enough to the countryside of southern Quintana Roo to visit the archaeological site of Kinichna have no idea what to expect when arriving at the site. Just a few kilometers away from Dzibanche, the entrance to Kinichna is covered by thick rainforest which hides from view the massive structure within. It is uncertain why the INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) decided to split up Dzibanche and Kinichna in to two separate archaeological parks, but due to their proximity (2km) one is obliged to come to the conclusion that they were parts of the same large city state.

The principal multi level structure found at Kinichna can not be described in terms other than gargantuan as it rivals in size and volume even the largst structures found at sites such as Calakmul or Mirador. Within the structure archaeologist found two royal toombs each accompanied by jade offerings.] The pyramidal structure is surrounded by a number of smaller palace-type structures and the group is linked to the core of the site by a causeway. The group was likely to be the home of an elite lineage and was placed to extend the city's region of control over the northern parts of the surrounding bajo. Though within the “formal” archaeological zone of Knichna, this main structure is the only restored building, it is easy to spot the rubles of many other temples. The same is true of the two kilometer “gap” between the official entrances between Kinichna and Dzibanche.

Dzibanche is only one of the many amazing sites such as Chicanna, Becan, Balamku, Chicanna.and many more which we will be visiting on our Southern Campeche & Quintana Roo Archaeology & Wild-Life Experience (Feb 20th to the 25th, 2020). Space is still available but it is filling up fast! For more information email Carlos at

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