The director of the Regional Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Eduardo López Calzada, revealed that they will invest 35 million pesos to restore and explore five Mayan zones of Yucatan:
- Chichén Itzá
- Ek Balam
López Calzada expressed his agreement with the decision of the Cultural Patrimony of the State Government of not organizaing anymore concerts at the Chichen Itza archeological zone.
On the 35 million pesos investment, he said that it is part of an agreement with the state government, which provides a percentage of the admissions to the sites. That money will serve to restore, improve and explore the aforementioned five Maya sites of Yucatan and keep them in good conditions to receive domestic and foreign tourism at a large scale.
“The project could last between 3 and 5 years, and agreements of this type are renewed every year”, said López Calzada. He reiterated that the archaeological zone that receives the largest number of visitors a year is Chichén Itzá.
Besides, additional to the 35 million investment, the INAH has between 15 and 20 million pesos authorized for this year, for maintenance, exploration and care of the Maya areas.
“The maintenance of the archaeological sites is constant and permanent, tasks only stop during the rainy season,” he said.
Lopez Calzada added that one of the most important things about this agreement signed with the government of the State, is the research work, because at these archaeological sites it is always necessary to be exploring and investigating new characteristics of the place.
“The five Maya zones that integrate this project were chosen because they demand not only maintenance but constant care. These areas are considered the most important archaeological heritage that must be preserved and cared for in the state of Yucatán,” the Regional Center of the National Institute of Anthropology and History concluded.
TYT Newsroom with information from eluniversal.com.mx