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Playacar project halted, poses risk to Xaman-Ha site

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A construction project in the gated community of Playacar has been suspended.

The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) placed three suspension seals on a construction site located inside residential Playacar Phase I for reportedly violating the Federal Law on Monuments, Archaeological and Historical Areas.

The property in question is located along Coral Negro Street inside Playacar. Reports reveal that on-site construction work was placing the prehistoric Maya wall around the Xaman-Ha site at risk.

Alma Rodríguez Peña, administrator of Playacar Phase I, informed officials that the construction did not compromise The Wall or any of the structures that are part of the Xaman-Ha site. However, along with suspension seals, the Directorate of Infrastructure, Urban Development and Environment has also closed a corresponding area of 100 square meters.

The Wall, which is approximately 500 meters long, has been in place since 1500 B.C. According to Article 32 of the Federal Law on Monuments Archaeological and Historical Areas, the National Institute of Anthropology and History has the authority to suspend works they deem risky to archaeological sites.