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The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio


James Blake Wiener
published on 14 March 2018
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Colonnaded halls were very popular among the Maya along Mexico's eastern coast in Pre-Columbian times. At San Gervasio, located on the Mexican island of Cozumel, one can see this Maya "palace" structure in full-view. This structure has benches along the interior walls and in the middle there was once a throne or an altar. This spot was also perhaps the spot where political leaders presided over meetings with members of the community. This structure has 19 columns. The structure's roof was not vaulted, but rather flat, like modern-day ones, which were constructed with wooded beams. It 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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Wiener, J. B. (2018, March 14). The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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

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Wiener, James B. "The Maya "Palace" Structure at San Gervasio." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 14 Mar 2018. Web. 04 Mar 2021.

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