Teotihuacan could no longer be a World Heritage Site

The cause would be the irregular constructions in the zone

Photo by: INAH

A series of irregular constructions and an unknown project in the vicinity of Teotihuacán could cause the archaeological zone to lose its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

The information was released by the International Council on Monuments and Sites of Mexico (ICOMOS) who highlighted through a statement a series of illicit works that put at risk the vestiges located in the area of Oztoyahualco.

The notice was sent to the governor of the State of Mexico, Alfredo del Mazo and to the UNESCO representative in Mexico, Frédéric Vacheron, as well as to the director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Diego Prieto, in order to put a stop to the constructions.

It is estimated that the use of heavy machinery in the excavation significantly affects the archaeological zone, which by law should be protected; instead, those responsible for the work are looting the relics found under the ground.

Two months ago INAH established a complaint about the situation, specifically in a seven hectare property in Area B of the Archaeological Monuments Zone of Teotihuacán; after confirming the irregularity, suspension seals were placed, however, at the end of March they were removed and the works continued.

With information from El Sol de México.

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