As we reported yesterday, Rupert Myles has moved on from the house standing on a hill within the complex of the Uxbenka ruin in the village of Santa Cruz, Toledo. But has he, really? Not according to Program Coordinator for the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA) and Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA), Pablo Mis, who told us today that he has seen first-hand evidence of continued occupation, and in any event, the damage has already been done:
Rupert Myles: The law is very clear. You can’t build or construct on an archeological site. As far as I’m concerned, I was just in contact yesterday, the infrastructure is still there, the building is still occupied and the doors were open and people were in there so it is important to point out that Myles continues to occupy that space and that the Ministry of Archeology is to apply the law equally across the board where violations are done to desolate sacred Maya sites. I also wanted to point out that even if Mister Myles chooses to move at this point, finally conceives to what he was being asked to do and choose to move at this point, he has already created desecration that under the laws that govern the site and he must be held accountable for that.
The Institute of Archaeology (IOA) has elected after advice not to pursue criminal charges against Myles as he has decided to leave. Mis also told us that contrary to Director John Morris’ statement yesterday, Myles built the house and driveway himself; his brother-in-law, a Maya, and not his father-in-law, was only responsible for levelling the hill on which the house now stands to build the platform on which it rests. He stopped further work after being informed of his offense..