Why are the Mayan ruins contaminated with mercury?

A recent archaeological study revealed that ancient mayan cities are contaminated with mercuryan element that is dangerous to human health, although the excessive presence of this material remains a mystery that will occupy anthropologists, archaeologists and other scholars.

It was explained that the presence of mercury in the Mayan cities, which today represent archaeological sites that are visited by national and international tourists, is prior to the arrival of the Spanish invaders, so they carefully study the reasons why this element is present in the Mayan subsoil.

As reported in The Truth Newsa study was recently published indicating that high levels of mercury persist in ancient Mayan cities to this day, posing a health risk due to the harmful effects of this element on humans.

Why is there mercury in the Mayan cities?

Why are the Mayan ruins contaminated with mercury?

There are high levels of mercury in these areas

According to the first data, the high presence of mercury in the Mayan cities could be due to the constant handling of products that contained this material for various purposes in the Mayan cultures, which cover the southeast of Mexico and part of Central America.

Specifically, it could be the sulphide of crystalline mercury, a mineral known as cinnabar that could be used as a colorant in red tones, having a spiritual meaning for the Mayans. Although this hypothesis has not yet been confirmed 100 percent by experts.

“For the Mayans, the objects could contain ch’ulel, or soul force, which resided in the blood,” says University of Cincinnati geoarchaeologist Nicholas Dunning, who explained that they probably sprinkled this metal on the ground of the cities. Mayans.

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They find Mayan vestiges

Why are the Mayan ruins contaminated with mercury?

They study the presence of mercury in these areas

As is known, during the construction of the Mayan Train in southeastern Mexico, thousands of vestiges of this ancestral culture have been found, which are protected by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

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