Pictograph Representations in the Aktun K'ab Caves, in Kahua, Yucatan


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XXII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala


One of the expressions that has been documented in many caves around the world is cave art, a cultural phenomenon of human societies that no longer exist. In the state of Yucatan, Mexico, various caves with graphic manifestations and other vestiges have been reported that affirm that caverns were used by the prehispanic Maya for different purposes. The Santa Rita community in Yucatan has many subterranean cavities in the area. Principally two caves are highlighted, whose special features include a quantity and diversity of pictographs represented in their interiors, including negative hand imprints, geometric motifs, and abstract figures. The objective of this investigation is to understand the possible function of the Santa Rita caverns, through an analysis of the diverse cave representations and their contexts and interpretation of archaeological vestiges found in the cavity.

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