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The Maya "Murals" Structure at San Gervasio


James Blake Wiener
published on 15 March 2018
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Aptly named, this Maya structure contains fragmented murals that were painted with vivid colors of red, blue, ochre, and black. They were originally covered with geometric motifs, stepped lines, Grecians frets, and spirals. This structure had a vaulted roof and was used for ceremonial purposes. In its interior, there were altars and benches used for the placing of offerings. This structure is located at the San Gervasio archaeological site on the Mexican island of Cozumel, and 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 15). The Maya "Murals" Structure at San Gervasio. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wiener, James B. "The Maya "Murals" Structure at San Gervasio." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified March 15, 2018.

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Wiener, James B. "The Maya "Murals" Structure at San Gervasio." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 15 Mar 2018. Web. 28 Feb 2021.

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