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Otulum, PalenquePalenquePalenque has long been known for its amazing aqueducts. The canal systems are arranged around rain fed arroyos. The arroyos contain evidence of a retaining wall (the Schele Terraces too). With few exeptions, every flowing water source, be it spring or rain fed, in central Palenque was managed and harnessed to serve the people who lived there. Researchers found 4 aqueducts, 3 tanks, 2 bridges and canal walls. They suspected another two aqueducts can be found under the Arroyos Ach’ and the Motiepa. Drainage systems were found too.

The Otulum aqueduct that leads the Otulum river under the central floor, is the largest aqueduct in Palenque (the canal is approx. 2 m deep and 1/5 m wide). Furthermore were found the Motiepa aqueduct, the Piedras Bolas aqueduct and the Picota aqueduct.

Otulum, PalenqueHistory of Palenque: The original name of the city was Lakam Ha, it means Big Water after the sources and rivers. It was the capital of a state with the name B'aakal. In the 8th century B'aakal was, as other Mayan cities, hard pressed. Building high society constructions were stopped some time after 800. Farmers remained several generations, before also leaving the city. Then the city was eventually swallowed up by the jungle.
The surroundings were thinly populated when the Spaniards arrived around 1520.


Others also had the knowledge of water supply by constructions like an aqueduct.
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