Mayan Archaeology > Campeche

It is located on kilometer 38 of the Campeche – Mérida highway, 16 kilometers from the municipality of Tenabo, to the east.


Place of the Chultunes

The origin of the name Kankí comes from a wild shrub which produces small yellow flowers. It is located in the north of the state of Campeche, just 16 km from Tenabo. The Kankí settlement is in Puuc style. The first evidence of the site’s occupation goes back to the early Classic period, between 500 and 600 A.D. Its peak seems to have occurred during the years 600-650, and the last records of occupation are dated to the terminal Classic period, between the years 800 and 1000.

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Pollock reported the archaeological site in 1940, while he conducted his explorations in the Puuc region in the state of Campeche.

The Kankí architecture is accentuated by the surrounding tropical vegetation. A two-level palace is located in the center of the area, where a pair of carved lintels was found, as well as various structures which form courtyards that communicated with each other.

The Center Group consists of ten courtyards, numerous Chultunes and low platforms, as well as Structure I or the Palace, the most important structure in the site. The palace is where vestiges of fretwork, Chac figureheads and friezes adorned with rectangular reliefs can be appreciated.

The North Group is characterized by its group of seven buildings, four of which form a courtyard.

Another group, consisting of five buildings, is called the Sapito or Cacabbeec Group, and it is where 2 very elaborate lintels were rescued; these lintels are currently being displayed in the Bastion of la Soledad, in the city of Campeche.




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How to arrive

It is located 16 km southeast of Tenabo. From Campeche, take Federal Highway 261 towards the town of Tenabo, until reaching the turn that leads to the site.