The Maya Arch at San Gervasio, Mexico

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James Blake Wiener
published on 14 March 2018
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In Pre-Columbian days, this construction was the entrance or exit to the central part of San Gervasio, leading to the Caribbean coast. Pilgrims and traders would reach the famous sanctuary of the goddess Ix Chel and deposit an offering at the altar that lies in the middle of the vaulted passageway. Here, one can appreciate the kind of vaulting used, which is shaped like an inverted staircase, common along the eastern coast of Mexico. The arch dates from the Post Classic Period (c. 1200-1650 CE).

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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