Near Cancun, the Mayan ruins are very popular and almost everyone has heard about their existence. However, did you know that there are significant archaeological sites that can be found in Banderas Bay in both Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta as well? Continue to read below if you would like to learn more information about the Banderas Bay secret archaeological ruins that many people don’t even know exist.
Ancient Civilizations Uncovered
In the northern region of Banderas Bay, an amazing archaeological feature that is known as Pit tombs, or in Spanish ‘tumba de tiro’, was discovered several years ago. The archaeological ruins site contained ceramics, human remains, and ancient utensils that all date back to the 200 to 900 AC Classic period time. Many historians and archaeologists believe that there were more than one hundred thousand people that lived in the Banderas Bay area at that time. This ancient civilization prospered well before the Spanish arrived at the mainland of Mexico, which was several hundred years later in the 1500s. Some of the ancient remains in the Banderas Bay area are actually found next to the luxurious Four Seasons hotel. This upscale hotel was built in the Punta Mita area, and during construction is when these amazing
Pit tombs is a term that is used to describe an ancient burial technique that is comprised of interconnected tunnels, and they have been found throughout Mexico in the states of Zacatecas, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Jalisco, Colima, and Michoacan. It is believed that Pit tombs are actual burial grounds for important people from traditional pre-Hispanic times. The Pit tombs have a well that was approximately several meters deep, and the well is usually a rectangular or circular shape. There are several burial chambers that connect to many other chambers via small tunnels. These Pit tombs were built in the 200-300 BC era and some remain in good condition even today.
Banderas Bay Secret Archaeological Ruins
Banderas Bay is large along the coast of Jalisco and Riviera Nayarit, and there are numerous ancient remains there. The archaeologist Joseph B. Mountjoy claims that there are 111 sites that can be found near the Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta areas. A ballgame court and a pyramid that was 10 meters high were one of the most important discoveries that were unearthed near the town of Ixtapa in Jalisco. This noteworthy ruin was found near a modern school and soccer field, only five minutes inland from the coast.
Along with Mountjoy’s research, Gustavo Espinal is a local writer and archaeologist that also studies the ruins. He is hoping that one day a community museum can be built in the area so that all the local artifacts can be displayed. The local artifacts from the Banderas Bay area can be displayed, which would bring in added tourism to the area. He said, “Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit have a very large amount of historical resources from the pre-Hispanic that lived in the region”. Sadly, some of the ruins have been hidden by modern developments, and in Banderas Bay, the ruins are surrounded by a large population of people and many buildings. Despite this fact, many researchers are trying to get the local government involved so they can protect the ruins. If the government doesn’t do something soon, the risk remains that looters will extract the ancient artifacts and sell them on the black market, which is tragic.
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