There is a flooded sinkhole in Mexico’s Yucatán that has been feared for centuries. Even today, nearby villagers refuse to go anywhere near it. The reason was discovered when researchers conducted an underwater survey in the cavern – the cave’s two chambers contain many human bones.
The cave is outside the ancient ruins of Mayapán, about 25 miles south of modern-day Mérida. This underwater cave, or cenote, would have been one of many that served as vital sources of water for ancient Mayans. When exploring this particular cenote, archaeologists found skulls of men, women, teenagers, and animals. Typically, the Mayans buried their dead near their homes, indicating that this was no ordinary burial. Some believe the bodies of plague victims may have been disposed of here, which would explain a fear of the water that still resonates today.
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