Posted by: Johan Normark | August 31, 2010


Back in 2008 I made brief visits to sites with caves in four ejidos (Sacalaca, Saban, San Felipe and Tabasco). Most of the caves that were located in the southern ejido of Saban were recorded with the help of one man. Most of these sites lack contemporary names so their recorded names are basically made up. One of the southernmost located caves during the CRAS survey is called Aktun Abuelos and the surrounding site has been given the name Abuelos (which means grandparents in Spanish). Hopefully it was not given the name for the same reason as Aktun Burro (donkey). According to my informant a donkey fell into that cave. Let’s hope no old people fell into Aktun Abuelos.


The site of Abuelos is actually larger than what we can see on this map. The primary goal was to attach the cave to the nearest settlement on a map so we can apply for an excavation permit. However, the logistics of getting to the site in the early part of the rainy season set the limit to one day of clearing and mapping. The map indirectly shows the degree of dense vegetation that covered the site. The mapped areas follow brechas or cleared paths for sightlines in the forest.

The cave itself is a steep slope down to a short passage with only one Terminal Classic sherd spotted, but not collected, on the cave floor. Near the cave is a fairly large sascabera (mine for limestone marl). That is usually a good indication that there are buildings in the vicinity. Next to the sascabera is also a chultun (subterranean chamber).

Only three structures were mapped at the site and they are roughly 100 m northeast of the cave. The southernmost structure consists of a round substructure and a round foundation brace on top. A small rectangular foundation brace is directly north of it. Slightly higher up in the topography is a small platform and a foundation brace with the entrance to the south.

North and east of these structures are other unrecorded buildings. At least one of them is roughly three m high. This area shows a fairly low settlement density compared to the sites directly to the west in the ejido of San Felipe, such as Sisal. Hopefully the map can be extended to these other buildings in the future.



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