And, as if the discovery of the world’s largest underwater cave system was not spectacular enough, what it contains promises to be mind-blowing. The Gran Acuifero Maya scientists have found an unparalleled treasure trove of archaeology, both human and animal. So far, the cave complex has offered up some 200 separate sites of archaeological significance, some dating back as far as 15,000 years.
Indeed, Guillermo de Anda, leader of the Gran Acuifero Maya project, spoke to international news agency Reuters about the implications of the discovery in January 2018. He explained, “It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged.” And he added, “I think it’s overwhelming. Without a doubt, it’s the most important underwater archaeological site in the world.”
The latest phase of the Gran Acuifero Maya project to explore the vast cavernous complex commenced in March 2017. Highly trained and experienced cave divers were crucial to the endeavor and it took ten months of hard and sometimes dangerous work to find the elusive link between the cave systems.