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Ancient city Becan description and photos - Mexico: Xpujil. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. Name in English - Becan.
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Bekan is an ancient Mayan city. It is located in the central part of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico in the Campeche state, in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. In the district are the ruins of other ancient Mayan settlements Calakmul, Shpuhil, Balamku and Chikanna.
An artificial moat stretches along the entire perimeter of Bekan for 25 hectares, by the way, the name of the city is translated as “moat formed by water”. This is one of the most interesting complexes located on the territory of the so-called state of Rio Bec.
According to scientists, the first stone was laid here in 550 BC, and several centuries later Becan turned into a major regional center. During the excavations, many artifacts of the ancient civilization have been found, from weapons to jewelry. From 830 AD the population of the city began to decline, and in 1200 it was finally abandoned.
The city dominated the surrounding settlements as it was one of the largest Mayan settlements. The main part of the city could be reached by passing through a tunnel about 50 meters long. In the north of Bekan there is its main part, which is a fortress. From there, according to scientists, the inhabitants could defend themselves in the event of a siege. The main outlines of buildings and canals, through which seven bridges are thrown, can be seen even today.
Only half of the city is accessible to tourists. In its second half, research and restoration work is underway.
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