The Maya "Columns" Structure at San Gervasio

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James Blake Wiener
published on 14 March 2018
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This Maya structure located on the Mexican island of Cozumel at the archaeological site of San Gervasio has seven columns, a bench running along the inner walls, and a throne or altar in the middle of the room. The chambers along the side were used to deposit six burials, along with offerings of small obsidian knives, clay incense burners, and small stone stelae sculpted with different figures. The building had two construction periods of which the oldest corresponds to the Terminal Classic Period (c. 1000-1200 CE). It was partially covered by a later one, which was built during 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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Wiener, J. B. (2018, March 14). The Maya "Columns" Structure at San Gervasio. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "The Maya "Columns" Structure at San Gervasio." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 14, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "The Maya "Columns" Structure at San Gervasio." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 14 Mar 2018. Web. 30 Nov 2020.

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