"Kohunlich: Mayan Ruins deep in a Tropical Jungle" Ruinas Kohunlích by Stephen-KarenConn
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Ruinas Kohunlich is a Mayan Archeological Site which was active from around 600 - 1200 A.D. It lies deep in the tropical jungle at the southeastern corner of Mexico, near the international border with Belize. Kohunlich is a corruption of the name "Cohune Ridge". Cohune is a type of fruiting palm which grows in the area. The earliest modern-day explorers to find Kohunlich called the site "Clarksville," which is how it is referred to in old maps and reports.
This is one of the lesser known Mayan sites and has never been fully investigated. What little archaeological work that has been done, has revealed only a general time frame of occupation. The city apparently rose to prominence in the Early Classic period when there were important ties to the cultures of northern Belize; this has been deduced from the style of the god masks.
The first modern explorer of the city of Kohunlich was an American, Raymond Merwin, who came here in 1912. However, partly due to its hard-to-reach location, it was quickly forgotten about again for another fifty years. It was not until the activities of looters was made known that Mexican authorities were finally prompted to undertake restorational work from the 1960s to the 1980s. Kohunlich has now been designated as a National Park.
Although remote, Kohunlich can now be reached by good new roads. Most visitors, like ourselves, come by way of cruise ship excursions from Puerto Costa Maya, a two hour drive away.
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