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Cantona Archaeological Site
Cantona is an ancient
archaeological site located 30 km (19 mi)
Northeast of Oriental in the state of Puebla in Mexico. Only
small fraction of the site is open to the public due to ongoing
research and archaeological digs that continue, but whatever
still impresses with its magnitude and size.
Location: 30 km (19 mi) Northeast of
Cantona Archaeological Site reached its peak
in the Late Classic period between 600 AD and 1000 AD and was
probably inhabited by the Olmec-Xicalanca
group of tribes. Cantona was abandoned in the late 11th century.
Although there is speculations on what exactly happened to the
city this Mayan city probably fell in a face of massive crop
failures and subsequent famines. Unlike many other sites in
Mexico the structures of Cantona were not overtaken by jungles
and little looting was done on the site due to its remote
location. So even today this ancient city presents us with new
information about the people who once lived here.