An Explosion of Color in Yucatan, Mexico

A Yucatec Maya woman sells flowers in thel ocal Market in Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico. Photo by Bradley Russell.

The Mayapán Taboo Cenote Project will undertake an extensive exploration of the underwater cave, Cenote Sac Uayum, to document 20+ submerged skeletons and artifacts. Team leader and National Geographic Grantee Bradley Russell will also investigate the modern belief that a supernatural power- a feathered serpent- guards the water within.

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One of my favorite shots from this season’s fieldwork: a Yucatec Maya woman sells flowers in the local market in Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico.

Read more from Bradley’s expedition:

Where Feathered Serpents Wait

In the Jaws of the Earth: Getting to the Bottom of Ancient Mayapán, Mexico

Mapping the Watery Maya Underworld

Returning Maya Ancestors to Their Place of Origin

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I am an archaeologist studying the ancient Maya culture. Since 2000 I have been working to expand our understanding of the Late Postclassic political capital of Mayapan, The city of thousands of structures was the dominant center of Maya civilization in the northern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico for more than three hundred years (1100-1450AD) just prior to the arrival of Spaniards in the New World.