Archaeologists have unearthed a canoe of the Maya civilization in Mexico that is nearly a thousand years old. The canoe was found in a very well-preserved condition during the construction of a major rail link in the country. The country’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) reported the data.

A team of INAH researchers working underwater archeology found the pre-Hispanic vessel in an underground river between the Yucatan and Quintana states in southern Mexico. The underground river is called the Sinot, which is commonly seen on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a sacred place to the Maya inhabitants.

The canoe was found while working on a project called ‘Maya Train’. It is a controversial tourism project of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. It aims to connect ancient archeological sites with Caribbean resorts.

The INAH said in a statement last Friday that the small boat could be used to draw water from the Senate or to collect offerings during religious ceremonies.

Researchers say this is the first such canoe to be rescued from the Maya region in such a well-preserved condition. Earlier, parts of such boats were recovered from Guatemala and Belize. It is estimated that the canoe may be between 630 and 950 years old. However, INAH has said that it will do more analysis in November. The University of Paris will cooperate in this work.

A number of pre-Hispanic societies developed in Mexico. This includes civilizations like the Aztecs and the Maya. Archaeological remains are often found in the area. During the construction of the Maya train in January this year, authorities said they had found about 8,000 archeological sites.

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