Tag Archives: History

Sport & Skullduggery at Chichén Itzá

September 25th, 2020 Today we’re visiting the Grand Ball Court of Chichén Itzá, located at the northwest edge of the site. Just outside the court we find the tzompantli, loosely translated as “skull rack.” Here, the skulls are carved in stone, placed on vertical sticks, a macabre sight in the light of day. In my research of the Maya, I’ve

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Chichén Itzá’s La Iglesia

September 22nd, 2020 After yesterday’s thoughts on the Temple of Kukulcan, today we’re taking our first look at La Iglesia (church) which is one of the structures of Chichén Itzá’s Grupo de las Monjas (the group of structures around and including the Nunnery). La Iglesia is striking for its contrast with the Temple of Kukulcan — the former being rectangular

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Vamos a Valladolid

September 19th, 2020 Today we’re in Valladolid, Mexico for a quick photo collage from around town. Valladolid was formally established by the Spanish in the 1540s, built on the former Mayan town called Zaci centered between Ek Balam, Cobá and Chichen Itzá. Until that time, Maya civilization had developed on the Yucatán Peninsula from as early as 2,000-1,000 B.C. Today,

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Captivating Cobá

September 17th, 2020 Though not far from one another on the Yucatán Peninsula, Ek Balam and Cobá leave very different impressions. The angular perfection of Ek Balam stands in contrast to the aged and overgrown nature of Cobá. Ek Balam is more recent (700-1100 AD) while Cobá spans the entire Pre-Classic to Post-Classic range of Maya civilization, potentially inhabited for

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Mayan Mastery

September 14th, 2020 After yesterday’s stop in Tulum, we’re on our way inland to explore some of the major sites of Mayan civilization. Before we start climbing stairs tomorrow, I have a couple maps for context and some interesting facts about Mayan civilization. In this week’s posts, we’re focusing on the tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. Mayan civilization reached from

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