Friday, March 31, 2017

Mayapan and Acanceh with Oliver

This week our friends from Toronto, Oliver and Pam have been visiting along with their lovely children. It has been very nice to catch up and enjoy some nice food and drink poolside. As Oliver is also really in to Meso-American archaeology we summoned the energy to get off our asses an brave the heat. We made our way to Mayapan and Acanceh and enjoyed a great day of sightseeing, but the heat (as anyone in Yucatan knows) was truly oppressive. Founded sometime in the first or second century AD,  Acanceh (meaning "groan of the deer") is a Maya city located about 25 south of Merida. The archaeological remains of the ancient city are found among contemporary structures in the modern town of the same name. The architecture is quite impressive but Acanceh is best known for the six masive stucco masks which adorn the pyramid in the central palza. The "Palace of the Stuccos". Due to some arquitectural similarities Mayapan is often compared to Chichen Itza. Though it is not as massive as Chichen Itza, Mayapan was still a very large city state in its own right, boasting approximately 4000 structures within its city walls. Mayapan. That´s all for now!

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