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Tulum
Image by Dennis Jarvis

Tulum

The Temple of the Winds at the ancient Mesoamerican site of Tulum, Mexico.
The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza
Image by Joshua J. Mark

The Grand Ball Court at Chichen Itza

This photo shows a stone scoring hoop high on the wall of the Great Ball Court at Chichen Itza. The opposing team's hoop is directly across from the wall in this picture. Players of the game Pok-a-Tok (considered a precursor to the modern...
The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) at Chichen Itza
Image by Joshua J. Mark

The Temple of Kukulcan (El Castillo) at Chichen Itza

Famously known as El Castillo (the castle)this is the Temple of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza. Note the rope in the picture descending from the top of the pyramid. This is to aid visitors in their climb to the top and back but, still, it is not...
The Passages to the Underworld at Tonina
Image by Simon Burchell

The Passages to the Underworld at Tonina

This building at the Mayan site of Tonina is known as the Passage to the Underworld or the Temple of the Underworld. The archways in this picture lead to an extensive network of hallways which define the word `labyrinth'. As with many structures...
The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico
Image by Betsy Mark

The Temple of the Frescoes, Tulum, Mexico

The Temple of the Frescoes dates to around the 11th century CE while the paintings on the walls inside date to 11th-12th centuries CE. A second storey was added later. Two red hand prints can be seen on this second level thought by some scholars...
Carved Lintel, Yaxchilan
Image by Dennis Jarvis

Carved Lintel, Yaxchilan

Lintel 14, from Yaxchilan. The relief carving depicts Lord and Lady Great Skull and a ritual-induced vision of a snake creature. 8th century CE.
Huastecs' Mother Goddess from Mexico
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Huastecs' Mother Goddess from Mexico

This limestone statue was made by Huastec people. Those were Mayan Indians who lived in ancient Mexico. After their conquest by Aztecs about 1450 CE, the Huastec mother goddess merged to some degree with Tiazolteoti (an Aztec goddess). From...
The Ball Court Temple at Chichen Itza
Image by Joshua J. Mark

The Ball Court Temple at Chichen Itza

This small building sits high above the great Ball Court at Chichen Itza and has been identified as a temple from which the priests and royalty would watch the game of Pok-a-Tok played below them.
Stairway, Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza
Image by Joshua J. Mark

Stairway, Temple of Kukulcan, Chichen Itza

This photo, taken in July of 2005, shows the least often photographed side of the famous El Castillo, also known as The Temple of Kukulcan. Most photographs are taken from the opposite side which has been extensively restored and where people...
Headless Mayan Divinity or Prest
Image by James Blake Wiener

Headless Mayan Divinity or Prest

This statue was made from cut stone during the Classical era in Mayan history (250-900 CE). It depicts either a Mayan god or goddess or perhaps even a priest. It was made in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. (Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels...