The sacred cenote is a sinkhole filled with water, which the Mayans believed to be an entrance to the underworld. It is just north of the main temples in Chichen Itza, a city that was thriving in the 1000s AD. Its people were a curious mix of Toltecs and Itza Maya. You would have to walk 300m down a track from the main temples to reach the sacred cenote. At the cenote, Mayans occasionally made a human sacrifice though much more regularly they threw precious objects in the water. For a long time, people thought that the Mayans drowned the victims because this is what a conquistador wrote. However, an archaeological study of the all the skeletons showed that they were already killed before going into the cenote. What do you think?
This was completely new to me! Has anyone dived in the sink hole to recover treasure?
definitively! They found many precious jade objects and of course the skeletons.
You are talking about a sacred cenote: a word completely unknown to me. What is a cenote?
A Cenote is on the Yuctan peninserla were the limestone bracks away and holes from were under ground water files it.
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