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Itzamnaaj K'awiil
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Itzamnaaj K'awiil

A Maya stela (no. 8) from Naranjo documenting the reign of King Itzamnaaj K'awiil. Mid-8th century CE. (St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri)
Kinich Ahau at Kohunlich
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Kinich Ahau at Kohunlich

This is the face of the sun god Kinich Ahau in The Temple of the Masks at Kohunlich. The masks all face west so that the setting sun illuminates them. It was thought that Kinich Ahau traveled down into and through the underworld at night...
The Pyramid of the Magician
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The Pyramid of the Magician

The Pyramid of the Magician at Uxmal, Yucatan rises 115 feet with a base of 227 by 162 feet. It is also known as The Pyramid of the Dwarf and features in the popular Maya legend of the dwarf who became king. Uxmal (whose name means `thrice...
Stela D at Copan by Catherwood
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Stela D at Copan by Catherwood

This lithograph of Stela D at Copan was done by Frederick Catherwood and first published in 1844 in his book, Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan. Like John Lloyd Stephens' works on the Maya, the book was very...
The Nunnery Quadrangle at Uxmal by Catherwood
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The Nunnery Quadrangle at Uxmal by Catherwood

This lithograph from Frederick Catherwood's Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan depicts the so-called `Nunnery Quadrangle' at the city of Uxmal. The exterior and interior of the quadrangle are intricately and...
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The "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio

This Maya building located on the island of Cozumel, in Mexico, at the archaeological site of San Gervasio is named because of the red-colored hand prints, which mark the wall. The building is comprised of two rooms in which a small temple...
View of the
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View of the "Little Hands" Structure at San Gervasio

This is another view of the "Little Hands" structure at San Gervasio, which is located on the island of Cozumel in Mexico. This building was constructed in two phases between c. 1000-1650 CE by the Maya.
The Maya Arch at San Gervasio, Mexico
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The Maya Arch at San Gervasio, Mexico

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 Maya
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The Maya "Small House" Structure at San Gervasio

Due to its architectural characteristics and its reduced size, it is almost certain that this building's use was ceremonial, especially since all that could be done in its interior was to place offerings. "Small house" (or "Chichan Nah" in...
Maya Temple, Lamanai
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Maya Temple, Lamanai

Mask Temple, Lamanai, Orange Walk District, Belize