Archaeological excavations conducted by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in the city of El Tigre, formerly known as Itzamkanak, have led to the discovery of an unfamiliar circular structure dating back 800 to 1000 years.
El Tigre, situated on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, served as an ancient Mayan capital from 1000 to 1200 AD.
As per the INAH website, scientists have determined that the recently unearthed structure held sacred significance and was most likely dedicated to the worship of Kukulkan, one of the paramount deities in Mayan mythology and religion.
This deity, resembling the Aztec wind god Quetzalcoatl, played a crucial role in the belief system of this ancient civilization.
Remarkably, the origins of the Kukulkan cult are linked to the renowned city of Chichen Itza, also located on the Yucatan Peninsula. This age-old religious practice extended across a broad geographical area, encompassing present-day Guatemala and Belize.
Archaeological research and dating of the structure point to an age of approximately 800 to 1000 years, implying that it was constructed prior to the arrival of Europeans in this region.
It’s worth noting that European historical accounts also make mention of the cult of Kukulkan, along with temples dedicated to the four principal Mayan deities.