Visits to Kulubá are not yet officially open to the public
MÉRIDA, Yucatan.- Since last September 7, the main Archaeological zones under the protection of the National Institute of Anthropology and History ( INAH ) have been staggered and gradually reopened, however, a jewel is not officially open to the public yet Mayan: the archaeological zone of Kulubá.
This archaeological zone, located 35 kilometers southeast of Tizimín, although it is not officially open to the public, can be visited and access is free, since you only have to register with the watchman on duty.
Despite the fact that Kulubá is one of the most important archaeological sites in that region of the entity, we do not find it referred to in documentary sources, either colonial indigenous people, such as the books of Chilam Balam or in the works of Hispanic chroniclers.
Archaeological background of Kulubá
The first archaeological report of this area took place in 1941, when Wyllys Andrews IV published notes and a sketch of the site, as a result of a tour he made at the end of December 1939.
This researcher highlighted the presence of “Toltec Mayan” or “Mexican” architectural elements, similar to those of some buildings in Chichén Itzá.
The largest structures at Kulubá were classified years later by Wyllys Andrews V into three groups: A, B, and C, which are relatively close to each other and to the main rejollada of the site, which apparently functioned as an agglutinating center of the settlement.
The aforementioned groups have pyramidal structures, palaces, residential bases and associated minor constructions.
The first archaeological interventions in Kulubá were carried out by the rescue brigade of the INAH’s Southeast Regional Center (now the INAH Yucatán Center), from July to September 1980, in charge of the archaeologist, now deceased, Ricardo Velásquez Valadez.
It was at the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000 when the archaeologist Carlos Peraza Lope began further work in Kulubá hand in hand with the doctor in Anthropology, Alfredo Barrera Rubio.
Subsequently, minor maintenance work was carried out on the site, during 2012 and 2013, with resources from the Sedesol Temporary Employment Program.
After that, a fourth field season began in Kulubá, which started in November 2019 and lasted until March 2020 without this site is open to the public as a tourist stop.