Ancient Cobá


This time last year I was in Cancún, Mexico and had the pleasure of visiting and photographing an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in what is now northeastern Quintana Roo called Cobá.

Cobá may have once had the largest population of all the ancient Mayan cities and the site dates from 600-900 A.D. with an estimated 100,000 people living in its domain. As many as fifty sacbes (ancient roads) led into it, with one of them being over 62 miles long, the longest in the Mayan world. Today few people live in Cobá, leaving one to ponder how such a great city fell into complete decline.

Photographs ©Lucy Millson-Watkins

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