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Jaina Island is a small limestone island in the Yucatan Peninsula about 50 miles north of the city of Campeche. Jaina was once an elite Maya burial site with an estimated 20,000 graves, of which about 1,000 have been excavated, and it is famous for the ceramic figurines which are found in the graves. The graves contain the human remains with one or more ceramic figurines on their chest or held in their hands as well as glassware, slate ware, pottery, hand woven cotton mats or other ceremonial objects. The island was first settled about 300 AD and was abandoned about 1200 AD. At present there is no park, no facilities, and it is closed to the public.


 

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