A team of archeologists from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History have discovered the remains of a Mayan palace that's more than 1,000 years old.
The ruins were found in the Kuluba archaeological zone in the Mexican state of Yucatán, about 63 miles west Cancún. The ruins are about 19 feet high, 180 feet long and 49 feet wide, the INAH said.
The INAH said the architecture, ceramic and mural techniques in the palace appear to be similar to those in the Chichen Itza, a Mayan settlement in Yucatán that is believed to date back to the 5th century AD. Chichen Itza is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The palace is believed to have been used by priests and government officials during two different eras of Mayan history. This discovery gives an important window into how Mayans lived in this southeast area of Mexico.
"This work is the beginning," said archeologist Alfredo Barrera. "We've barely began uncovering one of the most voluminous structures on the site."